Rails and Coots (Rallidae)

These marsh birds display amazing dexterity in moving through thick vegetation. Their narrow body enables them to stride through the vegetation and gave the expression Ďas thin as a railí. Their legs are strong and end in long, slender toes.

Rails and coots are more likely to run than fly if approached, as their flight is weak due to their short, rounded wings. They are quite noisy and are more often heard than seen.