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Info Source:
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Clapper Rail

The Clapper Rail is a medium-sized bird found in saltwater marshes and mangrove swamps anywhere from Massachusetts to South America. Known for their compact bodies with long bills, short tails and strong legs, Clapper Rails are reddish gray with dull stripes on their flanks. These birds eat crustaceans, aquatic insects, and small fish. They search for food while walking, sometimes probing with their long bills, in shallow water or mud.

Clapper Rails lay their nests low in the mangrove roots. Mangrove trees are endangered, thus leaving their population and habitat in jeopardy. These birds are listed as species of concern in most areas, and are listed as endangered along the western coast of the United States.