Definition of clapper rail in English:

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clapper rail

noun

A large greyish rail (bird) of American coastal marshes, which has a distinctive clattering rattle-like call.
  • Rallus longirostris, family Rallidae
Example sentences
  • The California clapper rail is a secretive marsh bird with a distinctive call.
  • Our biologists are working with Mexican and American partners now to recover the light-footed clapper rail, the Quino checkerspot butterfly, the ocelot, and many other species.
  • At present, so much water is sucked from the Colorado that the river often fails to reach the Sea of Cortez, dooming species like the endangered desert pupfish and the Yuma clapper rail.

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