In general appearance they resembled the land-rail, but were larger, and quite as heavy on the wing.
The water-rail, and corncrake or land-rail, are also allied to the Gallinules.
Not a sound broke the silence except the rough cry of the land-rail from the fields and the clatter of Missy's feet.
The wings are made of land-rail wing, and a little brown mallard, mixed nicely together.
Buffon, however, takes it with the land-rail; Gould and Yarrell put it between the little crake and water-hen.
Through the quiet air came the far-off rush of water, and the near cry of the land-rail.