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Clapper Rail
These shy birds like to hide in salt marshes They range on the East and Gulf coasts of North America, Mexico and locally in the Caribbean. Some authors lump this bird with its fresh-water counterpart, the King Rail (R. elegans) with which it occasionally hybridizes in brackish marshes. In 2014, the Clapper Rail was split into three species: Clapper Rail; Ridgway's Rail which replaces it in California, Arizona, and Nevada; and Mangrove Rail in South America. Clapper Rail formerly went under the name "R. longirostris" but that name is now restricted to the Mangrove Rail. Eight or more subspecies are currently recognized. This is "R. c. saturatus" which is found along the Gulf Coast and which is darker and browner on its underparts compared to other Eastern Seaboard subspecies. The broad gray edges to the mantle feathers help distinguish it from the similar King Rail.
Habitat
Spartina marshes
Location
Yacht Basin, Gilchrist, Texas, USA.
Date taken
23 April 2021
Scientific name
Rallus crepitans
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Opus Editor
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That's a super picture you've taken of this secretive bird Joe.

Many thanks for letting us see him lad.
 

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Category
North America
Added by
jmorlan
Date added
View count
42
Comment count
3

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Device
Canon Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Aperture
ƒ/5.6
Focal length
93.0 mm
Exposure time
1/320 second(s)
ISO
400
Filename
ClapperRailIMG_8679.jpg
File size
525.6 KB
Date taken
Fri, 23 April 2021 8:47 AM
Dimensions
1024px x 757px

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