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 1 year 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 1 year ago 40 sec 4.9
Adult Virginia Rail with young feeding and preening. Locality Bonner County, Idaho, USA (United States)
Fred Forssell 22 June 2015 51 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 1 year 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 8 years ago 20 sec 4.7
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Adult "Ecuadorian Rail" calling.
Locality San Pablo Lake, Imbabura Province, Ecuador (ssp aequatorialis)
Dusan M. Brinkhuizen 10 October 2014 1 year ago 4.6
Foraging on the edge of a marsh.
Locality Toronto, Ontario, Canada (ssp limicola)
David Beadle 3 May 2012 4 years ago 4.3
Locality South Cape May Meadows, Cape May County, New Jersey, USA (United States)
firstname.lastname@example.org 12 May 1997 1 year ago 4.2
Adult standing in reeds
Locality Chaplin Marsh, Saskatchewan, Canada
Markus Lilje 3 June 2012 3 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4
A Virginia Rail hunting for food.
Locality Gainesville, Florida, USA (United States)
Hal and Kirsten Snyder 26 January 2016 21 weeks ago 4
Feeding at water's edge.
Locality Oregon, USA (United States)
Vickie J Anderson 25 May 2013 1 year ago 4