King Rail

(Rallus elegans)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

LC - Least Concern

 

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N4B, N4N - Apparently Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

S1B, SNRM - Critically Imperiled Breeding and Unranked Migrant

Minnesota

Endangered

Occurrence

Former breeder, occasional migrant

Habitat

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

Size

15½ to 19 in length

19 wingspan


Identification

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

 
Voice

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

 
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Migration

Late April to late September


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Taxonomy

Order:

Gruiformes (cranes, rails, and misc.)

 

Family:

Rallidae (rails)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Cuban King Rail (Rallus elegans ramsdeni)

Northern King Rail (Rallus elegans elegans)

 
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  King Rail calling. Laguna Atascosa NWR
tavovalero
 
   
 
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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
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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
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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
 
   
 
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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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