Yellow Rail

(Coturnicops noveboracensis)

Conservation Status

 

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  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N4B - Apparently Secure Breeding

S3B - Vulnerable Breeding

     
  Minnesota

Special Concern

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

The back has black and tawny longitudinal stripes. The trailing edges of the wings, when seen in flight, are white. The bill is short and yellow.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

6½ to 7½ in length

11 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
 

Repetitive clicking, like stones clicking together: “tic-tic, tic-tic-tic.”

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Wet, sedge dominated prairies and meadows

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Late April to mid-May and September

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Locally common breeder and probable migrant

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Aves (birds)  
 

Family

Gruiformes (cranes, rails, and allies)  
 

Subfamily

Rallidae (rails, gallinules, and coots)  
 

Genus

Coturnicops (yellow rails)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Mexican Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis goldmani) (possibly extinct)

Norhtern Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis noveboracensis)

 
       
 

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Slideshows
   
  Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis)
Steve Arena
 
  Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis)  
     
  Yellow Rail Rice Festival, 2014
Harpy-Eagle
 
  Yellow Rail Rice Festival, 2014  
     
  Yellow Rails and Rice Festival Oct. 2013
Bruce
 
  Yellow Rails and Rice Festival Oct. 2013  

 

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Other Videos
 
  In Search of Coturnicops noveboracensis
John Acorn
 
   
 
About

Published on Jan 22, 2015

A birding film, made with Mike Anderson in 1975, shortly after I began birding. I gave it a new soundtrack, and spliced in some footage of actual birds (the gull shot was taken by my Dad, perhaps as early as 1959). I kind of like the finished product.

   
       
  Yellow Rail
jason law
 
   
 
About

Published on May 7, 2016

Port Austin, MI

   
       
  Alabama's Elusive Yellow Rail
OutdoorAlabama
 
   
 
About

Published on Oct 9, 2013

Biologists are studying this secretive marsh bird to learn more about its habitat needs and population dynamics.

   
       
  Yellow Rail Walks on Anahuac NWR-April 2013
Anahuac Refuge
 
   
 
About

Published on Apr 24, 2013

Yellow Rail walks led by the Friends of Anahuac Refuge provide visitors an up-close view of rails found on the refuge. Special permission has been granted by the US Fish & Wildlife Service to the Friends to provide this opportunity.

   
       
  Yellow Rail Carden Alvar
Jean Iron
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 30, 2015

Yellow Rail singing at the Sedge Wren Marsh on the Carden Alvar, Ontario. Please note Virginia Rails were also singing in the marsh. 7:30 p.m. on 29 April 2015.

More information about Carden Alvar http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/articles.cardenalvar

   
       

 

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