A large, chickenlike marsh bird with a small head and a long, slightly curved bill. It has a fairly long neck, a plump belly, short tail, and long, strong legs. Juveniles have shorter bills than adults.
Larger than a Virginia Rail, smaller than a Green Heron.between robin and crow
- Both Sexes
- Length: 15.0-18.9 in (38-48 cm)
- Weight: 11.3-15.0 oz (320-425 g)
- Wingspan: 19.7-20.5 in (50-52 cm)