TITLE

Rail

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Rail, a game bird that lives chiefly in swamps and marshes. The rail has a long bill, moderately long neck, compact body, stubby tail, and short, rounded wings. It has stout, muscular legs and large, strong feet. Its narrow, compressed body is well adapted to slipping between reeds, rushes, and cattails. When flushed, the rail flutters only a short distance, legs dangling, before dropping to earth. Its apparently feeble flight is deceptive, however. Some rails make extremely long migrations; the Virginia rail, for example, annually migrates between Newfoundland and Guatemala.
ACCESSION #
37310103

 

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