The Land-Bail stands apart from all other genera of the family. It has a comparatively short, stout bill, the depth at the base of the upper mandible being more than half the culmen ; the tarsus is about equal to the middle toe and claw. The wings are rather broad, the 2nd quill longest, the 1st about equal to the 5th or 6th.
There is but a single species, and that is a European bird, hitherto only recorded from the north-western extremity of the Indian area. It is easily recognized by its rufous wings, and is more of a land and less of a water bird than most of the Rallidae.