King Rail

(Rallus elegans)

Conservation Status

 

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  IUCN Red List

NT - Near Threatened

     
  NatureServe

N4B, N4N - Apparently Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

S1B, SNRM - Critically Imperiled Breeding and Unranked Migrant

     
  Minnesota

Endangered

     
           
 
Description
 
 

The flanks are strongly barred black and white. The underparts are reddish-brown (rufous). The bill is long and slightly curved downward.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

15½ to 19 in length

19 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
 

A low grunt repeated ten or fewer times: kek-kek-kek-kek-kek-kek-kek-kek

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Marshes, marshy shorelines, shrubby swamps, rice fields and other flooded fields

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Late April to late September

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Former breeder, occasional migrant

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Gruiformes (cranes, rails, and allies)  
 

Family

Rallidae (rails, gallinules, and coots)  
 

Genus

Rallus (greater rails)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Cuban King Rail (Rallus elegans ramsdeni)

Northern King Rail (Rallus elegans elegans)

 
       
 

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Marcello Gomes
 
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JMC Nature Photos
 
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  King Rail
J Scott Ryder
 
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Other Videos
 
  King Rail calling. Laguna Atascosa NWR
tavovalero
 
   
 
About

Published on Apr 19, 2015

Recorded at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Los Fresnos Texas. 2015-04-12

Rallus elegans
Rascón Real, rascón elegante, gallinuela de agua dulce, rascón real o rascón rey (Spanish)

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  King Rails
Lang Elliott
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Jul 18, 2010

Clarence Cannon NWR is famous for its King Rails, and July is the month to see females and their chicks. Finally, I got the chance this year to get over there, encouraged by the reports of several St Louis birders.

   
       
  King Rail - Rallus elegans
Stoil Ivanov
 
   
 
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Published on Aug 10, 2014

King Rail ( Rallus elegans ) 8-10-2014

Air Station Prairie Glenview, IL

   
       
  King Rail calling :The Celery Fields
Claire Herzog
 
   
 
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Published on Mar 8, 2015

   
       
  King Rail (Rallus elegans)
ospr3y
 
   
 
About

Published on Jan 19, 2017

Seen at the 3 Ton Bridge at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park in Augusta, Georgia (Richmond County). Phinizy is the most reliable location in the state to find this species.

   
       

 

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