Chicken Like Marsh Bird

Virginia Rail

Rallus limicola
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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
Bird Sound Type: Buzzing
Sex of Bird: Male
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Virginia Rail
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: October 21, 2019
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/virginia-rail

APA Style

Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Virginia Rail. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved October 21, 2019 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/virginia-rail

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

Chicago Manual of Style

Dr. Biology. "Virginia Rail". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/virginia-rail

MLA 2017 Style

Dr. Biology. "Virginia Rail". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 21 Oct 2019. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/virginia-rail

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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