Step into the walk-through aviary to enter the home of native water and shorebirds in the peaceful tidal slough habitat. Learn about the endangered light-footed clapper rail breeding program and, if you’re lucky, catch a peek at a clapper rail chick waiting to be released into the wild salt marshes of Southern California.
Look for these animals!
Light-footed clapper rail, snowy egret, black-crowned night heron, black oyster catcher, red-breasted merganser, hooded merganser, and more.
Ruddy Ducks (Oxyura jamaicensis)
Ruddy Ducks spend most of their time on the water. They are fast fliers but not very maneuverable in the air, so it’s easier for them to swim and dive to escape predators. Ruddy Ducks breed in wetlands and reservoirs from southwestern Canada through the western United States and Mexico, as well as in scattered sites in the eastern United States and on the Caribbean islands. –read more here–
Have you seen our Black Oystercatcher? If you visit the Living Coast’s Shorebird Aviary, you’ll know him by his distinct black body, large orange beak, and loud call. Oystercatchers use their beaks to pry oysters and limpets off of rocks. They also eat fish and invertebrates. –read more here–
Light-footed Clapper Rails become Ridgway’s Rails
Do you know this bird? Until recently, we called them Clapper Rails or Light Footed Clapper Rails. But no longer. They are now classified as Ridgway’s Rails. –read more here–