Yellow Rail

(Coturnicops noveboracensis)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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N4B - Apparently Secure Breeding

S3B - Vulnerable Breeding

Minnesota

Special Concern

Occurrence

Locally common breeder and probable migrant

Habitat

Wet, sedge dominated prairies and meadows

Size

6½ to 7½ in length

11 wingspan


Identification

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.

 
Voice

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

 
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Migration

Late April to mid-May and September


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Taxonomy

Order:

Gruiformes (cranes, rails, and misc.)

 

Family:

Rallidae (rails)

 
Subordinate Taxa

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

Norhtern Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis noveboracensis)

 
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  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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  In Search of Coturnicops noveboracensis
John Acorn
 
   
 
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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
 
   
 
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Published on May 7, 2016

Port Austin, MI

 
     
  Alabama's Elusive Yellow Rail
OutdoorAlabama
 
   
 
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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
 
   
 
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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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