Yellow Rail

Range:

Found in marshes across Canada east of the Rockies, as well as in northeastern United States, and along the entire U.S. Canadian border.

Description:

The upper plumage is brown with black streaks. The feathers on the back are edged with white. The chest is yellowish-brown.  The belly is pale.   The flanks are barred.

The short, thick bill is dark, but turns yellow in males when breeding. There is a yellow-brown band over the eyes.  The legs are greenish-yellow.

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Yellow Rail

Bill Shape
all-purpose
Regions
alabama
alberta
california
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
louisiana
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
ontario
oregon
quebec
saskatchewan
south carolina
texas
wisconsin
Tail Shape
pointed-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Habitat
Grasslands
Marshes
Color
buff
brown
yellow
Body Shape
chicken
Size
small
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species