Gallicrex Blyth, Cat. B. Mus. A. Soc, p. 283 (1852).
Type by mon., Gallicrex cristata Lath. = Fulica cinerea Gmelin.
This genus consists of a single species spread over a very wide area from India to Japan.
The frontal shield is pointed behind, much larger in males than females and in the breeding-season ends in a fleshy hornlike protuberance; the bill is stout, moderately long, about equal to the hind-toe without the claw; all the toes long, the middle toe„ without the claw, being longer than the tarsus; the wing is normally rounded, the second and fourth quills being equal and the third slightly the longest, whilst the first is between the sixth and eighth in length; the sexes are dissimilar and the male is much larger than the female.