Clapper Rail

This Clapper Rail was present at Chamberlains Park, Conception Bay South, in late December 2021 and early January 2022 – just the sixth record for Newfoundland. Photo: Jared Clarke (January 5, 2022)

Rallus longirostris

Status: Rare (Less than annual)

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: Six records for Newfoundland. (1) The first record was in St. John’s on September 22, 1969. Later 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). (6) Most recently, and individual was present at the marsh/stream of Chamberlains Park from at least December 30, 2021 – January 5, 2022 (but likely present for days or even weeks prior to that according to locals). 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. *

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)

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