As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday 8 August 2014

Scientists find new species of rail bird in California - via The Anomalist

Submitted by Andrea Cordell on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 06:18
A bird that scientists found in the Bay Area and thought it to be the rare California clapper rail later found that it is not clapper rail; instead it is a subspecies of something else.

The California clapper rail, which only exists in marshes around San Francisco Bay, is a noisy, rare bird that looks a lot like a small chicken.

James Maley, a collections manager at Occidental College's Moore Lab of Zoology, said the California rail had been baffling and confusing scientists since they it was first described, nearly one and a half century ago.

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