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Virginia Rail

Rallus limicola

Virginia Rail
copyright Earle Robinson
Length: 10 in. (24 cm)
Confined to marshy vegetation, the Virginia Rail seldom ventures out into the open except early in the morning. Then it walks and runs boldly across floating aquatic vegetation with its tail cocked up. This rail feeds on aquatic invertebrates, earthworms and some fish. The nest is a layered island of vegetation piled in a dense clump, often on floating vegetation. The four-digit banding code is VIRA.

Marsh / swamp
Marsh / swamp

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