Clapper Rail

ID Info
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Clapper RailRallus crepitans
  • ORDER: Gruiformes
  • FAMILY: Rallidae

Basic Description

The large Clapper Rail is abundant in saltwater marshes and mangrove swamps from the U.S. East Coast to Central America and the Caribbean. This secretive bird lives most of its life concealed in dense vegetation. In 2014, the species was split into three: Clapper Rail; Ridgway's Rail of California, Arizona, and Nevada; and Mangrove Rail of South America.

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Other Names

  • Rascón Crepitante (Spanish)
  • Râle tapageur (French)
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