Small secretive bird of freshwater marshes. The short tail is often held up showing white underneath. The face is gray with a black mask and a thick and stubby yellow bill, reminiscent of candy corn.© David Irving | Macaulay LibraryFlorida, February 12, 2011
Small rail of shallow freshwater wetlands with dense emergent vegetation. Uses brackish marshes during migration. Note stubby yellow, bill, black mask, and gray cheek.© Ian Davies | Macaulay LibraryNew York, May 04, 2016
Walks through shallow wetlands with a jerking motion flicking and raising its tail.
Juveniles are pale below and brown above with a buffy face. Found in shallow wetlands with a lot of emergent vegetation.© Jay McGowan | Macaulay LibraryNew York, July 17, 2016
In flight, note relatively long wings with a pale trailing edge.© wes serafin | Macaulay LibraryIllinois, April 28, 2016