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Water Rail

(Rallus aquaticus)
German name(s): "Wasserralle"
Size: 23-28 cm; wing span 38-45 cm
Weight: 114-164 g (male); 92-107 (female)


Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Water Rail at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "aquaticus"


Sex unknown

Distant lateral view of a Water Rail (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, October 2019]

Distant lateral view of a Water Rail coming out of reeds (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, October 2019]


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

watrail_jp_20200722.m4a aquaticus
Contact call? © JP

More Water Rail sound recordings are available at .

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