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27 June 2019 First Documentation of Eastern Black Rails (Laterallus jamaicensis jamaicensis) Breeding in South Carolina, USA in More Than a Century
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This study documented the first breeding of Eastern Black Rails (Laterallus jamaicensis jamaicensis) in South Carolina, USA in more than a century. Previously, the only accepted nesting record in the state consisted of a single nest collected during 1903. Using motion-activated camera traps, we captured 942 photographs of Black Rails and documented Black Rail chicks during the summers of 2015 and 2016, and juveniles that were flightless, but nearly fully-feathered in 2016. Although, historically, Black Rails were considered to only be “accidental breeders” in the state, as population declines are documented in the Mid-Atlantic USA, coastal South Carolina may have increased importance within the breeding range.

Christine E. Hand, Elizabeth Znidersic, and Amy K. Tegeler "First Documentation of Eastern Black Rails (Laterallus jamaicensis jamaicensis) Breeding in South Carolina, USA in More Than a Century," Waterbirds 42(2), 237-241, (27 June 2019). https://doi.org/10.1675/063.042.0212
Received: 28 October 2018; Accepted: 17 March 2019; Published: 27 June 2019
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