Ridgway's Rail

Rallus obsoletus

Order

GRUIFORMES

Family

Rails, Gallinules and Coots (Rallidae)

Code 4

RIRA

Code 6

RALOBS

ITIS

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Near Threatened

The Ridgeway's Rail has a small range of 57,200 square kilometers. It occurs in the vegetated edges of mud flats, tidal marshes, and other coastal wetland habitats in parts of California, the Colorado River delta, Baja California, and western Mexico south to Nayarit. This species is threatened by drainage and development of the coastal wetlands it inhabits in much of its range. It has an estimated population of 10,000 - 20,000, and a conservation rating of Near Threatened.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Ridgway's Rail: A medium sized bird with a long, slightly decurved slender bill with gray-brown upperparts and a rufous breast. Upperwing-coverts are mostly gray, with buff-brown and dark streaks. It has an olive morph where the upperparts have darker, black centers and duller, more olive fringes. Sexes are similar. Juvenile is much darker than the adult, with indistinct flank barring. They live in salt and brackish marshes and feed on mussels, clams and arthropods. In 2014 the American Ornithologist Union split the Clapper Rail into three species, the Clapper Rail, Ridgway's Rail and Mangrove Rail (not in North America).

 

Range and Habitat

Ridgway's Rail: Found mostly in California's San Francisco Bay to southern Baja California. Also occur along the northwestern coast of Mexico and the Colorado River basin of southern Arizona. Resides in marshes with tall grasses. They prefer mudflats and higher vegetation zones in tidal sloughs.

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Ridgway's Rail SONGS AND CALLS

Ridgway's Rail Z1

Primary call is a rapidly repeated series of "kek" notes.

Ridgway's Rail Z2

Descending "krrrrr" calls.

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Voice Text

"kek", "hoo", "kak"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of rails are collectively known as an "applause", "audience", and "commercial" of rails.

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