Rallus elegans var. obsoletus
San Francisco, California.
In past, often treated as conspecific with R. longirostris, R. tenuirostris, R. elegans and R. crepitans, or with R. tenuirostris and R. elegans; more recently only with R. longirostris and R. crepitans; but recent study#R indicates that each of these taxa merits recognition as a separate species, based largely on molecular evidence supported by morphological details, with present species being characterized by “relatively small body size (although larger than South American birds), bright rufous breast, and occurrence in saltmarshes”; the differences are complex and require detailed evaluation both between and within current new species limits, but are provisionally accepted here in the light of genetic findings. Proposed races rhizophorae (Sonora) and nayaritensis (Nayarit) now generally included in yumanensis; magdalenae (Santa Margarita I) in beldingi. Four subspecies currently recognized.
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