Ridgway’s Rail

Rallus obsoletus levipes

Status: Endangered
The endangered Ridgway’s Rail lives among the lagoon’s marsh grasses. Its “kek kek kek kek” call sounds like hands clapping. It’s a secretive bird, and rare, but it’s been spotted more frequently in the reserve over the last few years. Try the Nature Center Loop or East Basin Santa Carina trails for possible early morning sightings. The Ridgway’s Rail is endangered because so much of its coastal salt marsh habitat has been destroyed.

Fun Fact:
This secretive bird of the salt marshes was formerly named for its loud, clapping call.

What’s for Lunch:
Crustaceans, insects, and fish

Where’s Home:
Coastal salt marsh, year-round