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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the family Rallidae.


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  • The endemic plain-flanked rail (EN) (Rallus wetmorei) is restricted to brackish lagoons and mangroves along a small stretch of this ecoregion on Venezuela's north coast.

    Coastal Venezuelan mangroves

  • The Northern short grasslands contain the largest breeding population of endangered piping plovers (Charadrius melodus) around alkaline lakes in all of North America, and important breeding populations for rails (Rallus spp.) and more threatened species of sparrows.

    Northern short grasslands

  • The northern bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus alascanus) and the marsh-dwelling king rail (Rallus elegans elegans) (Gill, 1985, pp. 301-304), endangered in Pennsylvania, inhabit the Mosquito Creek-Pymatuning Lowlands (61b).

    Ecoregions of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia (EPA)

  • Among the endemic birds associated with mangroves are the Cuban Green Woodpecker Xiphidiopicus percussus, the Jamaican tody Todus todus, and endemic subspecies of the mangrove warbler Dendroica petechia gundlachi, and the clapper rail Rallus longirostris caribaeus.

    Greater Antilles mangroves

  • The only two forest birds are an endemic subspecies of the buff-banded rail (Rallus phillippensis andrewsi) and the Christmas Island white-eye (Zosterops natalis) which was introduced between 1885-1900.

    Christmas and Cocos Islands tropical forests

  • The king rail (Rallus elegans elegans) is found in the marshes of Monroe County and is also endangered in Pennsylvania (Gill, 1985, p. 303).

    Ecoregions of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia (EPA)

  • Several other species of birds found here are limited to marshland habitats on Madagascar, including the slender-billed flufftail (Sarothrura watersi), Madagascar snipe (Gallinago macrodactyla), and Madagascar rail (Rallus madagascariensis).

    Madagascar subhumid forests

  • There are no forest passerines and the Pacific pigeon (Ducula pacifica) and migratory long-tailed cuckoo (Eudynamis taitensis) are the only forest birds present anywhere in the islands although banded rails (Rallus philippensis) have recently colonized Nuilakita, Tuvalu from Fiji.

    Western Polynesian tropical moist forests

  • The long-legged warbler (Trichocichla rufa) and the bar-winged rail (Rallus poecilopterus) were restricted to Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, but may be extinct.

    Fiji tropical moist forests

  • Rallus owstoni, just one of the many species of flightless, island-dwelling rail.

    The Song of The Dodo


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