Water Rail bird

water rail bird
Rallus aquaticus
   Water Rail, in ornithology, the Rallus aquaticus, generally distributed over Amer­ica and Europe, and fairly common, though not often seen, from its shy, retired habits. The male is about 11 inches in length, female somewhat smaller; general plumage brown, streaked with black; lores and eye-brows, sides of face, and underparts slaty-gray. It frequents marshes and bogs and swims and dives well but is bad on the wing. It is a delicious bird for the table.