King Rail

Nick Winstead (Mississippi Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks, pers. com. 2007) noted that King Rail responded to call-broadcast surveys on the north end of Ross Barnett Reservoir north of Jackson during the summer of 2006 and 2007, with chicks being observed in 2007.  He also noted that the MS Museum of Natural Science has specimens collected in Lamar County (collected 12/12/1939), Pearl River County (collected 1/30/1940), and Hinds County (collected 11/6/1980).  The Birds of Mississippi lists the species as an uncommon inland marsh permanent resident that breeds very locally and a common permanent resident of coastal marshes (Turcotte and Watts 1999).

The following U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service map indicates king rail reports in Mississippi.