Story: Wetland birds

Distribution of banded rail, spotless crake and marsh crake

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Banded rails live mainly in the north of the North Island, but are also in the northern South Island and on islands off southern Stewart Island. Spotless crakes are sparsely scattered through the North Island, with a few isolated occurrences in the South Island. They are also in the Kermadec Islands. The rare marsh crakes are present in a small number of wetland sites in the North and South islands.

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Source: C. J. R. Robertson, P. Hyvönen, M. J. Fraser, and C. R. Pickard, Atlas of bird distribution in New Zealand, 1999–2004. Wellington: Ornithological Society of New Zealand, 2007

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Christina Troup, 'Wetland birds - Rails and crakes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/14651/distribution-of-banded-rail-spotless-crake-and-marsh-crake (accessed 5 August 2020)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015