One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A brown and grey aquatic Asian rail, the male of which develops black plumage and a red frontal shield in the breeding season.
Gallicrex cinerea, family Rallidae
- ‘Birds caught in northern Bekasi for sale purposes are usually watercocks and egrets.’
- ‘Indian blue-breasted banded rail, slatylegged banded crake, northern ruddy crake, whitebreasted waterhen, watercock, Indian moorhen, Indian purple moorhen are resident birds and can be seen on ponds, inundated paddy fields, etc.’
- ‘Three poachers were caught red-handed trying to lure watercocks and yellow bitterns by using a recording of a bird's mating call here yesterday.’
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