Rallus longirostris levipes

Rallus longirostris levipes

Light-footed Clapper Rail
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Overview

The light-footed clapper rail is a hen-sized marsh bird that is long-legged, long-toed, and approximately 14 inches long. It has a slightly down-curved beak and a short, upturned tail. Males and females are identical in plumage. Their cinnamon breast contrasts with the streaked plumage of its grayish brown back and gray and white barred flanks.
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Overview

The light-footed Ridgway's rail (Rallus obsoletus levipes), formerly the light-footed clapper rail (R. longirostris levipes) currently inhabits a handful of coastal marshes, lagoons and some freshwater habitats from southern Ventura County, California, southward to northern Baja California, Mexico. It was listed as endangered in 1969, and the ongoing threat to the species is habitat degradation associated with hydrology modifications, pollution, sea level rise and non-native invasive species.

Scientific Name

Rallus longirostris levipes
Common Name
Light-footed Clapper Rail
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Physical Characteristics

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Size & Shape

The light-footed Ridgway’s rail is a reclusive bird that is long-legged and long-toed.

MeasurementsLength: Approximately 14 inches

Color & Pattern

The light-footed Ridgway’s rail has a slightly down-curved beak and a short, upturned tail. It has a cinnamon breast, grayish brown back and gray and white barred flanks.

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Behavior

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Behavior

Rails rest throughout the middle of the day with activity peaking during the mornings and evenings. It can fly and swim, but prefers to walk or run. 

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Lifecycle

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Reproduction

Breeding and nesting begins in February or March.

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Food

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Food

The light-footed Ridgway's rail eat tadpoles, California killifish, California voles, beetles, snails, fiddler and hermit crabs, crayfish, isopods, other decapods, and some plants.

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