Yellow Rail Identification

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Adult Description

Small marshbird. Difficult to see; runs under vegetation. Short yellow or blackish bill. Very short tail. Buffy yellow chest and face. Yellowish and black streaks on back. Crown dark. Dark stripe through eyes. Indistinct white patch at back of wings.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but darker and more spotted.
Relative Size

Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 5.1-7.1 in (13-18 cm)
    • Weight: 1.4-2.4 oz (41-68 g)
    • Wingspan: 11.0-12.6 in (28-32 cm)