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Rallidae

Rails, Gallinules & Coots

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Family

Order

Class

Rallidae

Gruiformes

Aves

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Description

The Rallidae, or the so-called Rails, Gallinules and Coots, are a common and widespread family of birds that are mostly bound to aquatic habitats. In general, they are small in size, have long and slender legs and toes and pointy beaks. These are used to hunt for invertebrates, fishes, but also plant material.

Distribution & Fossil evidence

Both currently and historically, the Rallidae-family has a widespread distribution and fossils have been found on most of the continents. Some fossils are in an exquisite state, and sometimes even their shadow has been preserved!

Species

Numerous species of Rails, Gallinules and Coots are known, and many extinct species have been discovered.

Included genera

Porphyrio, Aphanapteryx