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Herman, et al.,

The feather edgings on the back of the King Rail are buff and are gray on
the Clapper Rail. Hybridization, which is very rare, usually occurs where
you have adjacent salt and freshwater marshes. Based on habitat, no gray on
the cheeks and the extensive rufous throughout, my money says you probably
saw a King Rail. Life is good.......
anytime you see members of the secretive rail family.

Paul Bithorn
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Herman Bechtel" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, October 11, 2002 2:00 PM
Subject: [FLBIRDS] Identifying Rails, King verses Clapper


> Hello Florida Birders,
> I may have mis identified the Rail I saw at West Eau Gallie Blvd I thought
I
> would throw it out there to see if any of you could help.  The Rail I saw
was
> in fresh water marsh terrain, it had extensive rufous But...it had a lot
of
> white in the tail.  Do King Rails sometimes have quite a bit of white in
the
> tail and I was in error.  Or is this possibly a hybrid KingXClapper which
> Sibley says sometimes looks like a Gulf Coast Clapper.  What was
interesting
> about this bird is that it was an exact likeness to a western Clapper Rail
> having rufous also in the face and also on the throat.
> Any thoughts or help on this ID?  Any help would be appreciated.
>
>   --
> Herman Bechtel
> 2859 Fountainhead Blvd
> Melbourne, FL 32935
> 321-254-6804
>
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