Large rail with a slightly curved bill and a short tail. Gray-brown above with dark streaking down its back. Note pale barring on the flanks and cinnamon chest and neck.
Heavy-bodied marsh bird with a cinnamon neck and pale barring on the flanks.
Slowly walks through marsh vegetation. Cinnamon below with paler barring on the flanks and grayish brown above with heavy streaking.
Chickenlike bird of wetlands where it forages for crustaceans, minnows, and aquatic insects. Note the heavy slightly curved bill.
Most often stays concealed in marsh vegetation, but occasionally walks across open wetlands with its tail cocked up and its head pushed forward.
- Medium-sized, chicken-like marsh bird.
- Compact body.
- Short, squared tail.
- Strong legs.
- Long, slightly down-curved, strong bill.
- Rounded wings.
- Gray or reddish; considerable variation in plumage color within many subspecies.
- Dull stripes on flanks.
- Males average larger in size and mass than females, but the sexes are alike in plumage.
Immature DescriptionDowny 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: 6.3-16.8 oz (180-477 g)
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