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Black Rail

Laterallus jamaicensis

The area currently has a healthy population of this very secretive species.

The black rail is rarely seen and prefers running in the cover of the dense marsh vegetation to flying. It will often make its presence known, however, with its distinctive ki-ki-krr call or a territorial growl.

The Black Rail uses areas with shallower water than other North American rails. It nests in high portions of salt marshes, shallow freshwater marshes, wet meadows, and flooded grassy vegetation and eats small invertebrates and seeds.

Facts About Black Rail

Smallest rail in North America

Very secretive

Distinctive call

Black rail chicks leave the nest within a day of being hatched!

Page Photo Credits — Black rail - ©Lee F. Snyder. All rights reserved.
Last Updated: Sep 27, 2013
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