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 3 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 2 years 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 6 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 27 weeks ago 4.8
searching food on iced pond
Locality Villa d'Adda, Lombardy Region, Italy
Cristiano Crolle 6 January 2015 8 weeks ago 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 11 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 34 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
Eric Roualet 16 February 2014 23 weeks ago 0