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Water Rail

Rallus aquaticus Linnaeus, 1758

The Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) is a bird of the rail family which breeds in well-vegetated wetlands across Europe, Asia and North Africa. Northern and eastern populations are migratory, but this species is a permanent resident in the warmer parts of its breeding range. The adult is 23–28 cm (9–11 in) long, and, like other rails, has a body that is flattened laterally to allow it easier passage through the reed beds it inhabits. It has mainly brown upperparts and blue-grey underparts, black barring on the flanks, long toes, a short tail and a long reddish bill. Immature birds are generally similar in appearance to the adults, but the blue-grey in the plumage is replaced by buff. The downy chicks are black, as with all rails. The Brown-cheeked Rail, R. indicus, has distinctive markings and a call that is very different from the pig-like squeal of the western races, and is now usually split as a separate species. Source: Wikipedia




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Order:
  Gruiformes
Family:
  Rallidae
Genus:
  Rallus

Scientific:
  Rallus aquaticus

Citation:
  Linnaeus, 1758

Reference:
  Syst.Nat.ed.10 p.153

Protonym:
  Rallus aquaticus

Avibase ID:
  DE1D2DF4456931FF

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/DE1D2DF4

Taxonomic Serial Number:
TSN: 176223

Geographic range:

  • Rallus aquaticus aquaticus: W Palearctic
  • Rallus aquaticus hibernans: Iceland; declining, and possibly extinct
  • Rallus aquaticus korejewi: Iran to nw China; winters to India and s China
English:
Water Rail
Czech:
Chřástal vodní
German:
Wasserralle
Danish:
Vandrikse
Spanish:
Rascón Europeo
Finnish:
Luhtakana
French:
Râle d'eau
Icelandic:
Keldusvín
Italian:
Porciglione
Japanese:
yo-roppakuina
Japanese:
ヨーロッパクイナ
Dutch:
Waterral
Norwegian:
Vannrikse
Norwegian Nynorsk:
Vassrikse
Polish:
wodnik (zwyczajny)
Portuguese:
Frango-d'água
Russian:
Водяной пастушок
Slovak:
chriašteľ vodný
Swedish:
vattenrall
Ukrainian:
Пастушок
Chinese:
普通秧鸡


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 58th suppl.):
Western Water-Rail ( Rallus aquaticus)
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 59th suppl.):
Western Water-Rail ( Rallus aquaticus)
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 60th suppl.):
Western Water-Rail ( Rallus aquaticus)
Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
Water Rail ( Rallus aquaticus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
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Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
Western Water Rail ( Rallus aquaticus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
Western Water Rail ( Rallus aquaticus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
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Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
Western Water Rail ( Rallus aquaticus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
Western Water Rail ( Rallus aquaticus) [version 1]
British Ornithologists' Union Checklist (7th edition):
Water Rail ( Rallus aquaticus)
British Ornithologists' Union Checklist (7th edition, incl. Jan 2009 suppl.):
Water Rail ( Rallus aquaticus)
Clements 6th edition (version 6.6 incl. 2011 revisions):
Water Rail ( Rallus aquaticus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.7 incl. 2012 revisions):
Water Rail ( Rallus aquaticus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
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Clements, version 2015:
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Clements, version 2016:
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Clements, version 2017:
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Clements, version 2018:
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Clements, version 2019:
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eBird version 1.52:
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eBird version 1.53:
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eBird version 1.54:
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eBird version 1.55:
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eBird version 2015:
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eBird version 2016:
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eBird version 2017:
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eBird version 2018:
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eBird version 2019:
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Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
Western Water Rail ( Rallus aquaticus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
Western Water Rail ( Rallus aquaticus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
Western Water Rail ( Rallus aquaticus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
Western Water Rail ( Rallus aquaticus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.6:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.7:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.0:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.5:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.6:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.7:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.8:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.9:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.10:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.11:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.5:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 7.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 7.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 7.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 8.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 9.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 9.2:
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Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Rallus aquaticus [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species (sometimes nominal subspecies)

This taxon is considered a subspecies of Rallus [aquaticus or indicus] (sensu lato) by some authors

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Arabic: مرعة الماء
Asturian: Gallineta Rial
Azerbaijani: Su fərəsi
Belarusian: Пастушок
Bulgarian: Крещалец
Bengali: পান্তা ঝিল্লি
Breton: Ar rakig-dour
Catalan: Rascló, Rascló europeu, Rascló occidental
Catalan (Balears): Rascló.
Valencian: Grua damisel·la
Montenegrin: barski pjeltlovan
Czech: Chrástal vodní, Chřástal vodní
Welsh: Rhegen y Dŵr
Danish: Vandrikse
German: Wasserralle
Greek: (Ευρωπαϊκή) Νεροκοτσέλα, Μαυροπουλλάδα
Greek (Cypriot): Μαυροπουλλάδα
English: Water Rail, Western Water Rail, Western Water-Rail
English (IOC): Water Rail
Esperanto: akvoralo
Spanish: Rascón Europeo
Spanish (Spain): Rascón Europeo
Spanish (HBW): Rascón europeo
Estonian: Rooruik
Basque: Uroilanda handia
Persian: یلوه آبی
Finnish: Luhtakana
Faroese: Jarðakona, jarðarkona
French: Râle d’eau, Râle d'eau
Irish: Ralóg Uisce
Gaelic: Snagan Allt
Galician: Rascón
Manx: Drean Ushtey
Hebrew: רלית, רלית המים
Croatian: Kokošica
Hungarian: Guvat
Armenian: Ջրահովվիկ
Icelandic: Keldusvín
Italian: Porciglione, Porciglione eurasiatico
Japanese: yo-roppakuina
Japanese: クイナ, ヨーロッパクイナ
Georgian: ლაინა, ლაინი
Kazakh: Сутартар
Korean: 흰눈썹뜸부기
Cornish: Crek dowr
Scientific: Rallus aquaticus, Rallus aquaticus aquaticus
Luxembourgish: Waasserrall
Limburgish: Jófferkraan
Lithuanian: Ilgasnape vištele, Ilgasnapė vištelė
Latvian: dumbracālis, Dumbrcālis
Macedonian: барска кокошка, Блатна (Барска) кокошка
Mongolian: Түнжүүр
Moldavian: Cârstel de baltă, Cucorul mic
Maltese: Gallozz tax-Xitwa
Dutch: Waterral
Norwegian Nynorsk: Vassrikse
Norwegian: Vannrikse
Polish: wodnik, wodnik (zwyczajny)
Portuguese: Frango-d'água
Portuguese (Portugal): Frango-d'água
Romansh: Ralla da l'aua
Romanian: Cârstel de baltă
Russian: Водяной пастушок, Пастушок
Scots: Snagan allt
Sindhi: څ يً آةي
Slovak: chriašteľ vodný
Slovenian: Mokož
Albanian: Gjeli i ujit
Serbian: barski petlovan
Swedish: Vattenrall
Thai: นกอัญชันอกสีไพล
Turkish: Su kılavuzu, Sukılavuzu
Tuvinian: Кадарчы
Ukrainian: Пастушок
Vietnamese: Gà nước ấn độ
Chinese: 普通秧鸡, 西方秧鸡
Chinese (Traditional): 普通秧雞〔西方秧雞〕
Chinese (Taiwan): 秧雞

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