Ridgway's Rail

ID Info
  • Ridgway's Rail
  • Ridgway's Rail
  • Ridgway's Rail
Silhouette RailsRails

Ridgway's Rail

Rallus obsoletus
  • ORDER: Gruiformes
  • FAMILY: Rallidae
Basic Description

Ridgway's Rail is a handsome gray-and-rusty bird that lives most of its life concealed in dense vegetation. It uses its formidable bill to probe into muddy wetlands for invertebrate prey. It lives in saltwater marshes, freshwater marshes, and mangrove swamps in California, Arizona, Nevada, and coastal western Mexico. Populations are declining largely due to wetland loss and degradation, and the species is listed in the U.S. as federally endangered. This species and Clapper Rail were considered the same species (along with Mangrove Rail) until 2014.

More ID Info
image of range map for Ridgway's RailRange map provided by Birds of North AmericaExplore Maps
Other Names
  • Rascón de Ridgway (Spanish)
  • Râle de Californie (French)
  • Cool Facts

Looking for ID Help?

Get Instant ID help for 650+ North American birds.

Try Merlin Bird ID