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Water Rail

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An elusive species of reed beds, not uncommon but seldom seen.



Photograph by: 
Ian Andrews

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Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Water Rail
Scientific Name Rallus aquaticus
Status Local
Interest Level
Species Family Rails and cranes
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
Preferred Environment
  • Reed beds
Look for A pig-like squeal from reeded areas
Additional Identification Notes
  • Secretive birds that spend a lot of time in amongst reeds rarely emerging in to the open
  • They have a strange, almost unbird-like call, a bit like a squealing pig!
  • Present all year round and more likely to be seen in autumn/winter and heard in spring 
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