The King Rail is a large rail with a long, slightly decurved bill, reddish foreneck and breast, black flanks barred with white, and tawny-edged, black back feathers.
Seasonal change in appearanceNone.
JuvenileJuveniles resemble adults but are duller.
DietInsects and crustaceans.
BehaviorForages by wading in shallow water.
Breeds in scattered locations throughout parts of the eastern U.S. and is resident in the southeastern U.S.
Bent Life History
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King Rails will chase other rails out of their territories.
Wetland protection will continue to be important for the survival of King Rails.
VocalizationsThe call is a long series of “kek-kek-kek” notes at regular intervals.
The nest is a platform of grasses and aquatic plants placed in vegetation above water level.