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 8 videos
Virginia Rail in a Connecticut freshwater marsh in May. ©JimZipp.com 2011 Locality Connecticut, USA (United States)
wildbirdvideos 25 May 2011 1 year ago 33 sec 4.9
An adult bird foraging and disappearing back into the reeds Locality Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Don DesJardin 28 February 2001 5 years ago 20 sec 4.4
An adult bird foraging in a fresh water marsh Locality Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Don DesJardin 28 February 2001 5 years ago 21 sec 4.4
A bird feeding in a freshwater marsh. Locality Upland, San Bernardino County, California, USA (United States) (ssp limicola)
Paul Clarke 6 October 2012 27 weeks ago 24 sec 4.3
An adult feeding in wetlands Locality Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp limicola)
Don DesJardin 31 March 2005 6 years ago 16 sec 4.2
bird skulking Locality Mindo, Mindo Valley, Pichincha Province, Ecuador (ssp aequatorialis)
Keith and Lynn Youngs 7 November 2006 1 day ago ADDED TODAY! 1 min 43 sec 3.8
Foraging on the edge of a marsh.
Locality Toronto, Ontario, Canada (ssp limicola)
David Beadle 3 May 2012 1 year ago 4.3
Individual coming out of the dense vegetation.
Locality Carden Alvar, Kirkfield, Ontario, Canada
Miriam Bauman 12 June 2011 1 year ago 3.9
Ecuadorian Rail, very responsive to tape
Locality El Cajas National Park, Azuay Province, Ecuador (ssp aequatorialis)
nvoaden 1 October 2009 51 weeks ago 3.8
Perched on a stick at the edge of the Basha Kill.
Locality Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area, New York, USA (United States)
Lee Hunter 16 May 2010 14 weeks ago 3.7
Spring Valley marsh area, heard and listened to this one for some time and out of the thick wet marsh came this beauty my 1st Ra
Locality Spring Valley Wildlife Area, Ohio, USA (United States)
dma 20 March 2013 5 days ago ADDED LAST WEEK 3.5
Adult male in spring.
Locality Quebec, Canada
Hervé MICHEL 1 May 2008 3 years ago 3