Definition of watercock in English:



  • 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.’