Species Name: Rallus elegans
Species Distribution in Massachusetts
Federal Rank: None
Massachusetts State Rank: Threatened
Shallow water areas with emergent vegetation (cattails, grasses, and sedges), usually in large cattail marshes or extensive wet meadows.
Threats to Survival
Loss of suitable wetlands to breed in. Massachusetts is at the northern edge of its range, so it’s likely it has always been a rare breeder locally.
Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival
Protection of important marsh habitat and maintaining this habitat free of invasive species, along with maintaining a consistent water hydrology during the nesting season.