Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) - HBW 3, p. 169
French: Râle d'eau
Spanish: Rascón Europeo
Taxonomy: Rallus aquaticus Linnaeus, 1758, Great Britain.
Forms superspecies with R. caerulescens and R. madagascariensis. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- hibernans Salomonsen, 1931 - Iceland.
- aquaticus Linnaeus, 1758 - Europe, N Africa and W Asia to upper basin of R Ob'; winters S to N Africa and Turkmenistan.
- korejewi Zarudny, 1905 - Aral Sea and L Balkhash S to Iran, Kashmir and WC China; winters patchily from Iraq to coastal E China.
- indicus Blyth, 1849 - N Mongolia and E Siberia (upper R Yenisey and middle R Lena) to Manchuria, Korea, Sakhalin and N Japan; winters from E Bengal and Assam, Myanmar, N Thailand and N Laos E to SE China and Hainan, Taiwan and S Japan.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 39 videos
A bird foraging on the mud and looking around. Locality Maioka Park, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Honshu, Japan (ssp indicus)
Josep del Hoyo 23 January 2010 4 years ago 21 sec 4.8
An adult and a juvenile having a bath close to a reedbed. Locality El Cortalet, Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park, Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp aquaticus)
Josep del Hoyo 12 August 2013 1 year ago 1 min 4.8
Single bird eating a worm Sculthorpe Moor Norfolk [Hawk & Owl Trust] Locality Sculthorpe, Norfolk, England, Great Britain
Kim Tarsey 6 February 2012 2 years ago 25 sec 4.7
Walking in the water Locality Tablas de Daimiel National Park, Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2012 1 year ago 1 min 13 sec 4.7
A bird walking among reeds. Locality Sariñena, Huesca, Aragón, Spain (ssp aquaticus)
Jesús Laborda 12 November 2009 5 years ago 46 sec 4.6
Bird wading, jumping on log, feeding near marsh shore. Locality Japan (ssp indicus)
Charles McHugh 28 January 2009 5 years ago 34 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 55 photos
Adult with 2 chicks.
Locality Ballynafeigh Lake, County Kildare, Ireland (ssp aquaticus)
Karol Waszkiewicz 15 June 2012 22 weeks ago 4.8
searching food on iced pond
Locality Villa d'Adda, Lombardy Region, Italy
Cristiano Crolle 6 January 2015 3 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4.6
Female Water Rail on ice
Locality South Holland Province, Netherlands
Rob Belterman 30 December 2010 4 years ago 4.6
Locality The Btecha (Jordan River Delta), Jordan Valley, Israel
Lior Kislev 25 November 2006 3 years ago 4.6
adulto en la laguna
Locality Deltebre, Ebro Delta, Tarragona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp aquaticus)
J. Barreda 28 December 2009 6 weeks ago 4.6
On snowy ice
Locality Vlaardingen, South Holland Province, Netherlands
Rob Belterman 25 January 2013 2 years ago 4.6
"Pypp-calls/song" Locality Fasterna, Stockholm County, Sweden
AnteStrand 16 June 2010 4 years ago 5
Night time recording of a bird in an unusual location and habitat- a small Scottish island in a thick stand of bracken. It was h Locality Lunga Island, Treshnish Isles, Argyll and Bute Council, Scotland, Great Britain
A G Carter 29 June 2014 29 weeks ago 4
Calls coming from the thick reedbed along a stream. Locality Landes, Aquitanie, France
Nicole Bouglouan 3 October 2013 1 year ago 4
Typical calls Locality Surrey, England, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 10 January 2005 5 years ago 4
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A bird calling (pypp calls), background Greylag Goose. Locality Ferencmajor Fishponds, Naszály, Komárom-Esztergom County, Hungary
(ssp aquaticus )
Eric Roualet 16 February 2014 18 weeks ago 0