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- Medium-sized, chicken-like marsh bird.
- Compact body.
- Short tail.
- Strong legs.
- Long, slightly down-curved bill.
- Rounded wings.
- Gray or reddish; considerable variation in plumage color within many subspecies.
- Dull stripes on flanks.
- Males average larger than females, but the sexes are alike in plumage.
Immature Description Downy chick black, with pied bill. Juvenile similar to adult, but marking indistinct and with variable amount of black on sides.
Relative Sizebetween robin and crow
- Both Sexes
- Length: 12.6-16.1 in (32-41 cm)
- Weight: 9.2-14.1 oz (260-400 g)