Ridgway's (Clapper) Rail

Animal Guide : Birds

Ridgway's (Clapper) Rail
Fun Fact:
This secretive bird of the salt marshes was formerly named for its loud, clapping call.

What's for Lunch:
An assortment of invertebrates and plants

Where's Home:
Coastal salt marsh, year-round

Scientific Name:
Rallus obsoletus levipes

Animal Guide : Birds

Overview:

Status: Endangered
The endangered Ridgway's Rail (formerly Light-footed Clapper Rail) lives among the lagoon's marsh grasses. Its "kek kek kek kek" call sounds like hands clapping. It's a secretive bird, and rare, but it's been spotted more frequently in the reserve over the last few years. Try the Nature Center Loop or East Basin dike trails for possible early morning sightings. The Ridgway's Rail is endangered because so much of its coastal salt marsh habitat has been destroyed.