28 cm 120 g
A slim bird , with long red beak and reddish legs.Upper parts dark brown with black streaking. Sides of head and underparts slate grey. Under tail coverts gleaming white, flanks are a barred black and white, usually found hidden in dense waterside vegetation , will flee from danger if disturbed.
The birds long legs and toes , together with its narrow body make it well suited towalking on and slipping between dense aquatic vegetation.
Aquatic Insects, Worms , Tadpoles, Frogs.
Dense reed bed , ditches near waterside vegetation,
What does the Water Rail Sound Like ?
Very noisy pig like " kriuh kruih kruih" or "gip gip gip" , growling and rasping noise.
When Does the Water Rail Breed ?
April to July, 7 - 10 eggs , incubation 19 -20 days, young fledge in 3 - 4 weeks . Nests on dense waterside vegetation