Clapper Rail

Rallus longirostris

This Clapper Rail, photographed near Virgina Lake in October 1988, would have been the second confirmed record for Newfoundland.
– Photo: Ken Knowles (October 8, 1988)

Status: Very Rare (< 5 records)

Origins: Breeds along the mid-Atlantic coast of North America, the Caribbean and South America, as well as California, Mexico and part of western South America.

Record Details: Five records for Newfoundland. (1) The first record was in St. John’s on September 22, 1969. More recent records involve individuals at (2) St. John’s (October 8 -19, 1988); (3) Biscay Bay (October 19, 1993); (4) St. John’s (found freshly dead on October 22, 1993); and (5) Bear Cove, near Cappahayden (October 19, 1996). One historical record was described by Jame R. Ewing (date and location not included).

* NOTE – This website is not an official account and “may” contain incorrect information and/or details of unconfirmed records. *

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