• What is a Rail?

    25 days ago - By 10,000 Birds

    A miserable little pile of secrets... no wait, that's something else .
    But rails are commonly paired with the adjective “secretive.” While I'm well-known for my love of alcids, the rallidae are also a weird and wonderful bird family that deserve more attention overall. Coots and gallinules are great, but today I'm going to concentrate on the rails and crakes.
    Squatter, less glamorous cousins to the cranes, they are a curious lot. They're ground-dwellers, often in marshy areas, and in day to day life more apt to scuttle than fly - indeed, many island species are flightless, which partly...
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