Definition of watercock in English:

watercock

noun

  • 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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

watercock

/ˈwɔːtəkɒk/