Gallinula= a chicken ; diminutive of gallinago, hen.
Bill bent up at base, forming a small fore shield, rounded behind. Nostrils elongate. Wings very long. Second quill longest, or second and third equal. Secondaries less than primaries. Toes varying in length from 2.3" to 3.6", and narrowly fringed. Remiges twenty-three. Found over the greater portion of Old and New Worlds.