King Rail

King Rail

King Rail
(Rallus elegans)

Order:  Gruiformes
Family:  Rallidae

Photo © K. Cunning

King Rail Information

King Rail
Illustration, habitat, weight, length, food, identification, range, reproduction, interesting facts, and management.(From Wildlife in Connecticut)

King Rail
Habitat, diet, feeding behavior, nesting, migration, and conservation status of this bird. Includes range map, photos, and songs and calls. (From Audubon Field Guide)

King Rail
Range, habitat, physical description, reproduction, lifespan, behavior, communication, food habits, predation, and conservation status. Includes photos. (From Animal Diversity Web)

  Calls of the King Rail

  Identification tips for the King Rail

King Rail with Young

King Rail with Young

By Reago & McClarren [CC 2.0]

Video of King Rail in Connecticut
June 2017

Breeding Bird Survey Map,

King Rail Breeding Map
: Due to the secretive nature of this bird and its ability to blend into its surroundings, this map is likely not a true representation of the breeding range of the King Rail.

(Image credit: USGS)

Range in New England

The King Rail is a very rare and local visitor to southern New England. There have been a few confirmed reports of breeding in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Winter Map from eBird

Sightings of the King Rail throughout the year over past 10 years (2009-2019)