Virginia Rail Rallus limicola

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Adult

Chickenlike bird of marshes that is smaller than King or Clapper Rails. Note gray cheek, reddish bill, cinnamon neck, and black-and-white barring on the flanks. Walks with its tail held up.

Adult with chick

Downy black chicks accompany parents until they are at least 7 days old. Probes surface of wetlands for invertebrates. Most often hidden from view.

Adult

Chickenlike bird of marshes that is smaller than King or Clapper Rails. Note gray cheek, reddish bill, cinnamon neck, black-and-white barring on the flanks, and white undertail coverts.

Chick

Chicks are tiny balls of black fluff and can forage independently 7 days after hatching.

Adult

Laterally compressed bodies allow them to walk through dense wetland vegetation with ease.

Adult

Breeds in freshwater wetlands with dense emergent vegetation such as cattail and bulrush. Occasionally uses saltmarshes.

Juvenile

Juveniles have dark breasts and appear more brown overall than adults.

Recommended Citation

Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola), 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/virrai