Black Rail

Laterallus jamaicensis

Order

GRUIFORMES

Family

Rails, Gallinules and Coots (Rallidae)

Code 4

BLRA

Code 6

LATJAM

ITIS

HEAD

Black Rail Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: All-purpose
  • Eye Color: Red in adults, reddish brown in juveniles.
  • Head pattern: Plain
  • Crown Color: Black
  • Forehead Color: Black
  • Nape Color: Brown
  • Throat Color: Black
  • Cere color: No Data

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BODY

Black Rail Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 15 cm (6 in)
  • Weight: 34 g (1.2 oz)
  • Size: Small (5 - 9 in)
  • Color Primary: Black, Gray
  • Underparts: Black with white barring.
  • Upperparts: Black with fine white spotting.
  • Back Pattern: Spotted or speckled
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Solid

FLIGHT

Black Rail Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Weak fluttering floppy flight with legs dangling.
  • Wingspan Range: 28 cm (11 in)
  • Wing Shape: Pointed-Wings
  • Tail shape: Pointed Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Streaked
  • Upper Tail: Black with small white spots.
  • Under Tail: Black
  • Leg Color: Yellow
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