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Virginia Rail - (Rallus limicola) 



  • Medium-sized marsh bird
  • Brownish above, rusty below
  • Grey cheeks, long slender bill
  • 9.5" (24 cm.)


  • Shallow marsh in dense vegetation

Additional Information

  • Fairly common migrant and summer resident
  • Secretive; heard more than seen
  • Usually stays on the ground
  • Seldom flies other than during migration
  • Can dive and swim

Virgina Rail wading among the vegetation

Virgina Rail at the pond edge 


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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