clapper rail

noun

Definition of clapper rail

: a grayish-brown long-billed American rail (Rallus longirostris) that inhabits coastal marshes

Examples of clapper rail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because of the presence of the clapper rail, the cattails may have to be removed in stages, Hunt said. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2021 For saltmarsh sparrows and clapper rails, almost all adults had to be killed for there to be a change in the long-term prospects of the population. James Gorman, New York Times, 17 Sep. 2019 Three clapper rails were spotted at Egypt Road in Fairhaven. BostonGlobe.com, 22 July 2019 Other sightings around the Cape included 2 blue-winged warblers at Scusset Beach State Reservation in Sandwich, a clapper rail and a seaside sparrow at Sandy Neck in Barnstable, a sora in North Truro, and 2 Northern fulmars at sea east of Truro. BostonGlobe.com, 11 June 2018 Sandy Neck in Barnstable produced a clapper rail, a seaside sparrow, 16 saltmarsh sparrows, 2 willow flycatchers, a marsh wren, and 2 brown thrashers. BostonGlobe.com, 24 June 2018 Highlights from Sandy Neck in Barnstable included a yellow-throated warbler, a clapper rail, 10 marsh wrens, a seaside sparrow, and 28 saltmarsh sparrows. BostonGlobe.com, 4 June 2018 The clapper rails didn't seem to think much of our chances. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, 22 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of clapper rail

1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clapper rail

from its rattle-like call

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“Clapper rail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clapper%20rail. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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