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Photo © by Robert Houde
Bizard Island, September 2005
Porzana carolina


  • Brownish grey
  • Short, stubby yellow bill
  • Black mask
  • Barred flanks
  • Black on central throat and breast during breeding
  • Upperside pattered in brown and black
  • Most feathers fringed white


Breeds from southern Alaska through mainland USA and northern Baja; winters to the West Indies and northern South America.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Mostly freshwater marshes and rice fields, but in non-breeding season also in more salty habitats including mangrove.


Secretive, but occasionally forages in open, more often than many other rails.


Invertebrate prey during the breeding season; at other times, plant material (especially seeds) comprises much of diet.


Includes a descending whirring sound, also described as a whinny. Other high-pitched calls, including a ker-EE and cheer.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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