clapper rail


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clapper rail

n.
A bird (Rallus longirostris) of coastal marshes of North, Central, and South America, having brownish plumage, a long bill, and a clattering cry.
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In the cattail marshes of the delta lived the Yuma clapper rail (Rallus longirostris yumanensis), a chicken-sized bird for which the security of the cattails provided places to rest, hunt, and raise their young.
For clapper rail, king rail and common moorhens, limit is 15 birds.
Only time will reveal the spill's impact on many Gulf-breeding species, including the Brown Pelican, American Oystercatcher, Wilson's Plover, Reddish Egret, Least Tern, Black Skimmer, Roseate Spoonbill, Clapper Rail, Seaside Sparrow, and Mottled Duck.
Also in trouble are the North Atlantic right whale, which numbers 350-400; the Sumatran rhinoceros, which totals 250; the black rhinoceros, whose population is less than 2,500; and the California clapper rail, which numbers only 1,000.
It's the Super Bowl of "pssshing," the World Cup of binocular-toting nerds, the Olympics of clapper rail calling.
We documented the nesting of 15 species of non-Laridae waterbirds: Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus), Tricolored Egret (Egretta tricolor), Snowy Egret (Egretta thula), Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Black-crowned Nightheron (Nycticorax nycticorax), Yellow-crowned Night-heron (Nyctanassa violacea), Green Heron (Butorides virescens), Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), White Ibis (Eudocimus albus), Black-bellied Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis), Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris), Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), and Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus).
For example, students participated in electro-shocking surveys for native fish in a pristine canyon stream, conducted Yuma clapper rail surveys in marshland habitat, conducted nocturnal ranid frog surveys and identifications, conducted northern Mexican gartersnake surveys, and collected specimens for a captive propagation and release conservation project.
The San Leandro channel includes a bird sanctuary that provides habitat for a wide variety of waterfowl including the endangered California Clapper Rail. The Clapper Rail inhabits the marshland along the shore and is at risk of being disturbed after the end of of January when nesting season begins.
According to Joelle Buffa, a wildlife biologist at San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, clapper rail numbers fell from 1,500 in 1980 to fewer than 300 birds in 1991.
A clapper rail (Rallus longirostris) is the largest avian prey item reported (Grant 1970).
The reserve is home to the brown pelican, California's least tern, Belding's savannah sparrow, light-footed clapper rail, blackrail, peregrine falcon, and other exotic birds and wildlife.
The secretive California clapper rail, one of the original birds on the federal endangered species list with a current population of only 600, relies on salt marshes for its habitat.