French: Râle jaune German: Gelbralle Spanish: Polluela amarillenta
J. F. Gmelin
New York, USA
Subspecies and Distribution
C. n. noveboracensis
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – SC & SE Canada to NC & NE USA, with isolated population in NW USA; winters in S & SE USA.
C. n. goldmani
(Nelson, 1904) – marshes of R Lerma, C Mexico (possibly extinct).
16–19 cm; male 52–68 (59)g, female 41–61 (52)g. Easily distinguishable from all other North American rallids on size and plumage; similar to Hapalocrex... read more
Breeding-season song of male 4–5 metallic clicks, like 2 stones tapped together. Calls mostly... read more
Breeding habitat comprises the higher, drier margins of fresh- and brackish-water marshes dominated... read more
Food and feeding
Earthworms, small freshwater snails, crustaceans (including Isopoda), spiders, beetles, cockroaches, bugs, grasshoppers, crickets, ants and... read more
In USA, lays May–Jul; Mexico, flightless juvenile Sept. All further information for nominate race. Presumed territorial and... read more
Occupies breeding areas from late Apr or May to Sept–Oct. Deuterium and sulfur values from... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Nominate race is local breeder over wide area of Canada and N USA. Breeding range has decreased: formerly bred in N California, and... read more
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