Clapper Rail Rallus crepitans

  • © Guillermo Armenteros

Clapper Rail is endemic to New World salt and brackish marshes of eastern North America, from Connecticut south to eastern Mexico, and throughout the Caribbean. Clapper Rail varies geographically, but in general this species has grayish checks, grayish edges to the feathers of the back, a pale to rich cinnamon breast, and bold vertical black and white barring on the flanks. Clapper Rail feeds on a diversity of small invertebrates such as mollusks, leeches, crustaceans, insect and even some vertebrates such as small frogs or fish. It is an opportunistic predator and apparently hunts by site, though will probe mud and sand.

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Primary advertisement kek calls

© Randolph Little

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Clapper Rail (Rallus crepitans), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: