Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) - HBW 3, p. 168
French: Râle de Virginie
Spanish: Rascón de Virginia
Taxonomy: Rallus limicola Vieillot, 1819, Pennsylvania.
Forms superspecies with R. semiplumbeus and R. antarcticus; latter sometimes considered a race of present species. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- limicola Vieillot, 1819 - S Canada and W, C & NE USA; winters from SW Canada and E Great Lakes through S USA and Mexico to Guatemala.
- friedmanni Dickermann, 1966 - volcanic belt of CS Mexico to extreme S Mexico to Guatemala.
- aequatorialis Sharpe, 1894 - extreme SW Colombia, and Andes of Ecuador.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 17 videos
An adult preening. Locality Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp limicola)
Don DesJardin 12 November 2014 41 weeks ago 47 sec 5
Virginia Rail in a Connecticut freshwater marsh in May. ©JimZipp.com 2011 Locality Connecticut, USA (United States)
wildbirdvideos 25 May 2011 4 years ago 33 sec 4.9
An adult foraging on very wet mud. Locality Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp limicola)
Don DesJardin 12 November 2014 41 weeks ago 40 sec 4.8
Adult Virginia Rail with young feeding and preening. Locality Bonner County, Idaho, USA (United States)
Fred Forssell 22 June 2015 7 weeks ago 52 sec 4.8
Virginia Rail at dawn foraging and calling. Locality Bonner County, Idaho, USA (United States)
Fred Forssell 18 June 2015 9 weeks ago 56 sec 4.8
An adult bird foraging and disappearing back into the reeds Locality Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp limicola)
Don DesJardin 28 February 2001 7 years ago 20 sec 4.7
PhotosSee all 11 photos
Adult "Ecuadorian Rail" calling.
Locality San Pablo Lake, Imbabura Province, Ecuador (ssp aequatorialis)
Dusan M. Brinkhuizen 10 October 2014 31 weeks ago 4.6
Foraging on the edge of a marsh.
Locality Toronto, Ontario, Canada (ssp limicola)
David Beadle 3 May 2012 3 years ago 4.3
Feeding at water's edge.
Locality Oregon, USA (United States)
Vickie J Anderson 25 May 2013 29 weeks ago 4
A bird foraging in an icy stream.
Locality Mendon Ponds Park, Monroe County, New York, USA (United States) (ssp limicola)
Jay Greenberg 3 February 2014 1 year ago 4
Individual coming out of the dense vegetation.
Locality Carden Alvar, Kirkfield, Ontario, Canada
Miriam Bauman 12 June 2011 4 years ago 4
Ecuadorian Rail, very responsive to tape
Locality El Cajas National Park, Azuay Province, Ecuador (ssp aequatorialis)
nvoaden 1 October 2009 3 years ago 3.9