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Virginia Rail

Rallus limicola

Like the rest of the classic rails, the Virginia Rail is a secretive bird of freshwater marshes. They build several “dummy nests” besides the primary nest where eggs are laid. In summer they range over most of northern USA and southern Canada. In winter most retreat to Mexico and the Gulf Coast. Some birds in California will remain all year. Because of their shy nature these birds are difficult to see. More often heard than seen, they cluck, cackle and crow from dense marsh reeds, which they navigate silently with their narrow frames. Although “skinny as a rail” refers to the fence, it could easily fit as a reference to this bird clan.


      Virginia Rail Twitter
      Virginia Rail Clucks
      Virginia Rail Beeps

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