Gallicrex cinereus, Gm.
904. :- G. cristatus, Latham. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II. p. 716; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 261.
Length, 16 to 17 ; expanse, 23; wing, 8.5 ; tail, 3.5 ; tarsus, 3; bill from gape; 1.23.
Length, 14 ; expanse, 22 ; wing, 7; tail, 2.5 ; tarsus 2.5 ; bill from gape, 1.25.
Bill greenish-yellow, red at the base; irides, red, brown; legs, dull red, dull green.
Male in breeding plumage dull black ; the feathers of the back, wing-coverts, rump, and upper tail-coverts, more or less edged with pale brown; tertials dark-brown, edged with pale whity-brown ; edge of the wing white ; quills dusky, the shaft of the first quill thick, white; tail blackish-brown, the outer feathers edged pale brown; lower wing-coverts dusky, with whitish edges.
The female has the crown of the head and a pale streak over the eye unspotted brown ; the rest of the body above dark brown; all the feathers edged with pale fulvous, most broadly so on the back, scapulars, and wing-coverts; edge of the wing and outer web of first quill white ; quills dusky-brown ; lores, cheeks, and sides of neck fulvous-brown; the chin and throat whitish; the rest of the lower part brownish-fulvous ; the feathers barred transversely with brown, darkest on the flanks, outer thigh-coverts, and under tail-coverts, and whitish on the belly; wings beneath dark cinereous.
Within our limits the Kora or Water-Cock has only been; recorded from Sind.