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Yellow Rail Coturnicops noveboracensis

Described by: Gmelin (1789)
Alternate common name(s): American Yellow Rail
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


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Cn. North America;
One main population with two isolated small populations;
(1) C. and e. Canada (nw. Alberta, s. Mackenzie, c. Saskatchewan, n. Manitoba, n. Ontario, s. Quebec, New Brunswick and probably Nova Scotia s. to s. Alberta, s. Saskatchewan and s. Ontario) to nc. and ne. United States (North Dakota, c. Minnesota, s. Wisconsin, n. Michigan, and s. New England). Isolated population in nw. United States (27 locations in se. Oregon (Wood River Valley, Klamath Marsh, Sycan Marsh, Camas Prairie, Jack Spring, Odessa Creek near Shoalwater Bay, and Aspen Lake in Klamath and Lake counties) and e. California (e. slope of the Sierras).
Formerly recorded in ec. California (Mono County), n. Illinois, s. Ohio, and Connecticut.
(2) C. Mexico (marshes of the upper Rio Lerma, Campeche).
North America n. of the Mexican border;
Summer: sc. MAC, e. ALB through c. SAS to MAN, ONT, w. and e. QUE, NBR s. in e. NDK, nw. MIN, n. WIS, and n. MIC, with small isolated populations in cs. ORG and ne. CAL, and sw. MON and ne. IDH, and ne. MON.
Winter: mostly coastal e. TEX and s. LOU. Probably in s. MIS, s. ALA, s. GEO to nw. FLA. Very rarely or irregularly in e. FLA, e. GEO, e. SCA, and se. NCA. C. CAL.


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Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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