Yellow Rail

photo by Phil Swanson

Coturnicops noveboracensis
L 7 1/4″(18 cm).

Song or calls:
Tick-tick” notes in series of two or three constantly repeated. Often heard at night.

Description: Sexes similar. Short bill, yellow-tan body mottled with black on the back, and black and white barring on flanks. In flight, look for conspicuous white secondaries. Juvenile is darker than adult.

Habitat: Found in marshes with grassy or sedge vegetation during migration. Tend to occupy dense areas of sedges.

Where in Nebraska: Casual spring and fall migrant. Most of sighting records are from eastern Nebraska. Likely occurs more frequently than reports indicate.

Field Notes: An extremely secretive bird, is often hard to see or even flush.

Fun Facts: Songs and calls sound like a typewriter clicking keys, moslty heard at night.

Yellow Rail - photo by Phil Swanson
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