Water Rail

Rallus aquaticus - Râle d'eau

Systematics
  • Order 
    :

    Gruiformes

  • Family
    :

    Rallidés

  • Genus
    :

    Rallus

  • Species
    :

    aquaticus

Descriptor

Linnaeus, 1758

Biometrics
  • Size
    : 28 cm
  • Wingspan
    : 38 à 45 cm.
  • Weight
    : 85 à 135 g
Longevity

6 years

Geographic range

Distribution

Description identification

Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) is a species of bird in the Rallidae family.

Subspecific information 3 Subspecies

  • Rallus aquaticus aquaticus (Europe, n Africa, w Asia)
  • Rallus aquaticus hibernans (Iceland)
  • Rallus aquaticus korejewi (Aral Sea and Iran to nw China and Kashmir)

Foreign names

  • Râle d'eau,
  • Rascón Europeo,
  • Frango-d'água,
  • Wasserralle,
  • Guvat,
  • Waterral,
  • Porciglione eurasiatico,
  • Vattenrall,
  • Vannrikse,
  • chriašteľ vodný,
  • chřástal vodní,
  • Vandrikse,
  • luhtakana,
  • rascló occidental,
  • Keldusvín,
  • wodnik (zwyczajny),
  • dumbracālis,
  • mokož,
  • Водяной пастушок,
  • クイナ,
  • *普通秧鸡,
  • 普通秧雞〔西方秧雞〕,

Voice song and cries

Habitat

Grassland : Temperate ; Wetlands (inland) : Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls), Shrub Dominated Wetlands, Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands, Permanent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha), Permanent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha), Permanent Saline, Brackish or Alkaline Lakes, Permanent Saline, Brackish or Alkaline Marshes/Pools ; Artificial/Aquatic and Marine : Excavations (open), Wastewater Treatment Areas, Irrigated Land (includes irrigation channels), Canals and Drainage Channels, Ditches

Geographic range

Illustration

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