My adventures in the woods, streams, rivers, fields, and lakes of Michigan

Rails, Gallinules, and Coots


Rails, Gallinules, and Coots

Order: Gruiformes Family: Rallidae
Rallidae is a large family of small to medium-sized birds which includes the rails, crakes, coots, and gallinules. The most typical family members occupy dense vegetation in damp environments near lakes, swamps, or rivers. In general they are shy and secretive birds, difficult to observe. Most species have strong legs, and have long toes which are well adapted to soft, uneven surfaces. They tend to have short, rounded wings and tend to be weak fliers. There are 6 Michigan species.

American Coot, Fulica americana

Common Gallinule, Gallinula galeata

King Rail, Rallus elegans

Sora, Porzana carolina

Virginia Rail, Rallus limicola

Yellow Rail, Coturnicops noveboracensis

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