Virginia Rail

Rallus limicola
Virginia Rail specimens on display in the exhibit "Birds of D.C."

DC Information

A common breeder and migrant found mostly in brackish tidal marshes. Arrives March through May, nests from late April to late August, leaves August through October. Sexes are similar.

Specimen Information

This specimen information applies to the bird on the left.
Date:  Sept 1863
Collected By:  R Ridgway/E Coues
Locality:  District of Columbia
Sex:  Male
Catalog ID:  84676
 
This record corresponds to the bird in the center.
Date: 9/5/1914
Collected By:  FE Wheeler
Locality:  Benning Marsh, DC
Sex:  Male
Catalog ID:  236635
 
This record likely represents the bird on the right. 
Date:  4/17/1893
Collected By:  Edward J Brown/W Norman
Locality:  Washington, DC
Sex:  Male
Catalog ID:  220409