USGS - science for a changing world

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

  Home About NPWRC Our Science Staff Employment Contacts Common Questions About the Site

Marshbirds and Shorebirds of North Dakota

Coots and Rails

Family Rallidae

Most members of the family Rallidae inhabit dense marsh grass and weeds. They have narrow bodies, short rounded wings, short tails, and long toes. Most are secretive, except the American coot, and are often identified only by their call. All rails can swim and dive, but the coots are even further adapted to water due to the development of lobed toes. Most members of the rail family are game birds in North America. The American coot is the only bird in this family that is classified as a game bird in North Dakota. Members of the family Rallidae that nest in North Dakota include American coot, Virginia rail, yellow rail, and sora.

Previous Section -- Sandhill Crane
Return to Contents
Next Section -- American Coot

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

Take Pride in America logo logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
Page Contact Information: Webmaster
Page Last Modified: Friday, 01-Feb-2013 19:35:25 EST
Sioux Falls, SD [sdww54]