King Rail Identification

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Adult Description

  • Medium-sized, chicken-like marsh bird.
  • Compact body.
  • Short tail.
  • Strong legs.
  • Long, slightly down-curved bill.
  • Reddish chest, neck, and back.
  • Black-and-white stripes on flanks.

Immature Description

Downy chick black. Juvenile similar to adult, but markings indistinct and with variable amount of black on sides.
Relative Size

Relative Sizebetween robin and crowbetween robin and crow
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 15.0-18.9 in (38-48 cm)
    • Weight: 11.3-15.0 oz (320-425 g)
    • Wingspan: 19.7-20.5 in (50-52 cm)