King RailRallus elegans
- ORDER: Gruiformes
- FAMILY: Rallidae
A large rail of freshwater marshes, the King Rail has declined alarmingly in much of its range over the last 40 years.More ID Info
- Rascón Elegante (Spanish)
- Râle élégant (French)
- Cool Facts
- The adult King Rail molts completely after nesting and is flightless for nearly a month.
- The King Rail usually gets its food in aquatic habitats, but will feed on insects away from water. When it catches food on land, it often takes the item to water and dunks it before eating it.
- The male King Rail presents food to its mate during courtship. One male was observed to catch seven crayfish within two hours, and he presented five of those to his mate.