French: Marouette ponctuee
Mongolian: Тоодон түнжгэр, Тоодон түнжүүр
mostly in soggy sedge bogs and damp tussocky
meadows (avoids reedbeds). Hard to flush, slips away unseen even in low
sedge. Rare and local in Britain.
A but smaller than Water Rail, which it resembles in general shape and habits.
Told by short, straight bill, usually buff undertail-coverts, greenish legs
and, in fluttering flight, white leading edge to wing. Close to, shows fine
white spotting on neck, breast and upperparts, yellow-grey bill with spot of
red at base.
Lacks lead-grey colour on supercilium, throat and breast; throat often whitish.