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Ridgway's Rail Rallus obsoletus

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Ridgway's Rail formerly was classified as a group of subspecies of Clapper Rail (Rallus crepitans) of eastern North American and the Caribbean. Ridgway's Rail shares a habitat - coastal saltwater marshes - with Clapper Rail, but unlike the dull plumage of Clapper, Ridgway's has relatively bright rufous breast. This discrepancy was resolved when a phylogenetic analysis revealed that Ridgway's Rail was more closely related to another rufous breasted population, Aztec Rail (R. tenuirostris) of central Mexico, than it was to Clapper Rail. Populations of Ridgway's Rail in the United States are considered Endangered, to the widespread loss of habitat in this portion of their range; it remains fairly common in Mexico, but threats to its habitat in the region are likely to escalate as well.

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Recommended Citation

Ridgway's Rail (Rallus obsoletus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/ridrai1