clapper rail

noun

Definition of clapper rail 

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

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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, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 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, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 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, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 4 June 2018 The clapper rails didn't seem to think much of our chances. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Reading and heeding the signs of spring," 22 Mar. 2018

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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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