King Rail

King railPhoto courtesy of USFWS

This consummate romantic lives up to his French name (Rale elegant) by wooing his intended with food, the Creole food of his Gulf Coast habitat, mais oui. One legendary overachiever caught seven crayfish in two hours and fed five of them to his mate. He totally got laid.

Sadly, disappearing wetlands are disappearing the King Rail, though he is holding on in the swamps of Louisiana and Florida. The adult King Rail molts completely after nesting and is flightless for nearly a month. Here’s hoping we can keep him flying the rest of the time.