Black Rail Laterallus jamaicensis

Family: Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, Coots)

Authority: (Gmelin, 1789)

Red List Category

Criteria: A2ace+3ce+4ace

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Justification of Red List category
This species has been undergoing rapid declines in parts of its range in North America due to the loss and degradation of its habitat, and similarly rapid declines are expected throughout its full range. The declines are assumed to continue into the future as an increased frequency of extreme precipitation events and flooding are projected to severely damage and destroy its habitat. At least in parts of the range, there is a high probability that the species may be extirpated by 2068. It is therefore listed as Endangered.

Population size: 10000-49999 mature individuals

Population trend: decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 40,400,000 km2

Country endemic: no

Land-mass type - continent
Land-mass type - oceanic island
Realm - Nearctic
Realm - Neotropical
IUCN Ecosystem -- Freshwater biome
USFWS - Bird of Conservation Concern

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Laterallus jamaicensis. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/black-rail-laterallus-jamaicensis on 02/03/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org on 02/03/2024.