Water Rail

Water RailWater Rail - Sandy Robertson

Where and when to see: Longis bird hide during the winter

Latin name: Rallus aquaticus

At just 23-26cm long the Water Rail is a very elusive bird, hiding amongst reedbed or sedge. With a rounded rear body, flat breast and long neck they have quite an unusual body shape when seen walking along muddy areas around ponds. Their brown wings and back are streaked black whilst their breast, neck and face are blue-grey. The Water Rail uses its long red beak to probe the mud or shallow water for insects and small aquatics animals.

Status in Alderney: Rare Resident

Status in UK (RSPB Criteria): Green

Worldwide Status (IUCN Red List and Population Trend): Least Concern; Decreasing

The following clip was recorded from the bird hide in our Longis Nature Reserve.

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