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The light-footed clapper rail: An update

American Birds

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Abstract

A preliminary report on the Light-footed Clapper Rail, Rallus longirostris levipes, estimated a population of 500-750 birds in California (Wilbur, Am. Birds 28:868-870, 1974). Since then, additional work has been accomplished, most notably: (1) an intensive study of Carpinteria Marsh, Santa Barbara County, 1976-1977 (Basham); (2) a series of winter high tide counts at Anaheim Bay, Orange County, 1975-1977 (Massey, C. Collins, J. Lindell, M. Silbernagle); and (3) a detailed investigation of the rail population of Tijuana Slough, San Diego County, 1973-1974 (Jorgensen). These, plus short-term studies by the authors and K. Bender, D. Pinkler, P. Johns, and S. Lockhart, have shown that the original estimate was unrealistic. A more probable winter total is 300 rails, distributed as described below.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The light-footed clapper rail: An update
Series title:
American Birds
Volume:
33
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1979
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Birding Association
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
1 p.
First page:
251
Last page:
215
Country:
United States
State:
California