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    Clapper Rail

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    Clapper Rail

    Rallus 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 Costero del Atlántico (Spanish)
    • Râle tapageur (French)
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