The Black Rail (Laterallus jamaicensis) breeds in some parts of USA, Mexico, Central America, Chile, Argentina, and West Indies. It frequents grassy marshes and pond borders, cattails and flooded tall-grass pastures. Matures are 14 cm (5 inches) in height and 34 g in weight.
Head, throat, and breast blackish (in males) and dark gray (in females). Hindneck chestnut, and upperparts blackish-brown, speckled with white. Bill black, and feet yellow to flesh-color. Its diet is based on seeds, small insects and other invertebrates.