Water Rail

Rallus aquaticus

22 – 28 cm

38 – 45 cm

minor concern

reed pond

invertebrates, small vertebrates, fruits and stems


It is a fleeting bird hiding between the reed, but a good way to detect its presence is the singular song it makes, reminiscent of a pig’s oink.

It adapts to eating many types of food, and even eats other small birds, or eats other deceased animals. It is a species that does not have a beak adapted to tear meat and that is why it usually eats the eye and thus gains access to eat the brain and viscera.