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clapper rail

noun
1.
a long-billed rail, Rallus longirostris, of coastal marshes of the Americas, having a harsh, cackling cry.
Origin of clapper rail
1805-1815
An Americanism dating back to 1805-15
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  • The nests and eggs of any of these sub-species cannot be distinguished from those of the common clapper rail.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed

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