Description: In size and build it is similar to spotted crakes – as rotund, flattened on the flanks, stretched neck and a round head; however, it is different by the shorter bill. The plumage of the upper parts is light rufous, with dark streaks. The top of the head, the primary quills and rudders in the tail are chestnut brown with dark cores and grey tips. The bird is a sluggish flyer, with legs dangling, and the rufous wings striking to the eye. It is 27-30 cm long.

Habitat: It lives in tall-grass meadows with shrubs, and other open damp expanses of wetlands, fields and gardens. Corncrake is very secretive.

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