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Virginia Rail

Rallus limicola ORDER: GRUIFORMES FAMILY: RALLIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A secretive bird of freshwater marshes, the Virginia Rail most often remains hidden in dense vegetation. It possesses many adaptations for moving through its habitat, including a laterally compressed body, long toes, and flexible vertebrae.

Calls

  • Kidick
     
  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Long sequences of pig-like grunts. Also a repeated "kid-dik."

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