Another race is resident in South America. Females and males also sing a kick-er that has a stuttering quality to it.. Calls. Common gallinule. Description: Adults are mainly brown, darker on the back and crown, with orange-brown legs. The song of the Red-winged Blackbird can be heard in the background. Purple gallinule. Virginia Rails feed on a variety of aquatic insects such as beetles and flies. Adult Virginia rails have a blackish back with rusty wing patches, gray face, and reddish bill and legs. captive Virginia Rails formed pair bonds, three defended territories, and one nested. Membership benefits include one year of Audubon magazine and the latest on birds and their habitats. Other articles where Virginia rail is discussed: rail: longirostris), a grayer form; the Virginia rail (R. limicola), reddish brown and about 25 cm (10 inches) in length; and the sora (see crake). Photo: Dick Dickinson/Audubon Photography Awards, Adult. Chicks are fed by parents until they are 2-3 weeks old, then become independent; are able to fly at about 25 days. Virginia Rail (latter part of "kicker" call) recorded on 4-24-06 around 1:41 AM. Other rails, gallinules and coots. Males and females perform duetting grunts to defend their territories and to communicate with each other throughout the breeding season. Their cheeks are grey, with a light stripe over the eye and a whitish throat. Head has black crown, gray face, and white eyebrows. National Audubon Society One of four recognized subspecies of black rail, the eastern black rail is perhaps the most secretive. Virginia rail (call) call. Compared to Soras, Virginia Rails consume more animal food, but Virginia Rails will eat aquatic plants and seeds, especially in the fall and winter. Overwhelmed and Understaffed, Our National Wildlife Refuges Need Help. Lives of North American Birds. Listen to more sounds of this species from the ML archive. Songs. 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