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- Medium-sized, chicken-like marsh bird.
- Compact body.
- Short tail.
- Strong legs.
- Long, slightly down-curved bill.
- Reddish chest, neck, and back.
- Black-and-white stripes on flanks.
Immature DescriptionDowny chick black. Juvenile similar to adult, but markings indistinct and with variable amount of black on sides.
Relative Sizebetween 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)