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

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[edit] Identification

  • 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

[edit] Distribution

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

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

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

[edit] Behaviour

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

[edit] Diet

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

[edit] Vocalisation

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

[edit] References

  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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