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    Virginia Rail Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      The Virginia Rail is a chickenlike marsh bird with a long, heavy bill and a short, upturned tail. Head on, the Virginia Rail looks thin, but from the side they look rather full-bodied; what biologists call a laterally compressed body.

      Relative Size

      Larger than a Sora, smaller than an American Coot.

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      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 7.9-10.6 in (20-27 cm)
        • Weight: 2.3-3.4 oz (65-95 g)
        • Wingspan: 12.6-15.0 in (32-38 cm)