breeding adult; no sexual dimorphism (California, USA; 2006-11-04)

Porzana carolina

Native Range: North America

Notes: a distinctive charcoal-and-brown rail of freshwater (and sometimes saltwater) marshes; not as shy as many other rails and sometimes comes out into full view.

often cocks its fluffy white tail while walking (California, USA; 2007-12-29)

black face, yellow bill and greenish-yellow legs (Florida, USA; 2007-12-29)

striped brownish back;, charcoal underparts (California, USA; 2006-04-15)

swimming poorly with its unwebbed feet (California, USA; 2006-11-06)

nonbreeder or juvenile; less black on face (California, USA; 2007-03-18)

adult posing for portrait (Florida, USA; 2007-12-29)