Water Rail

  • Scientific Name:

    Rallus aquaticus

  • Red Data status:

    Least Concern

  • Bird Category:

    Rails, Crakes, Gallinules and Finfoot

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  • Synonyms:

    Water Rail (incl. R. indicus), European Rail, European Water Rail, Western Water Rail

  • Description:

    :The eastern form indicus has been separated as Brown-cheeked Rail Rallus indicus. Water Rail as now constituted has two subspecies: aquaticus and korejewi.

    de Kroon, G., Mommers, M. & Slabbekoorn, H. 2008. Vocale variatie bij de Waterral: een vergelijking tussen twee ondersoorten. Limosa 81: 81–91.
    Tavares, E.S., de Kroon, G.H.J. & Baker, A.J. (2010) Phylogenetic and coalescent analysis of three loci suggest that the Water Rail is divisible into two species, Rallus aquaticus and R. indicus. BMC Evol. Biol. 10:226.

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