Porzana, the Italian name; also written Sforzana (Salvadori) and Forzane. Of unknown derivation.
Small, short-billed, long-toed Water-Rails. Bill equals length of head, somewhat narrowed in middle. Wings rounded. Second quill longest, or two and three equal. Tail short, nearly covered by tail-coverts. Toes long, slender, and smooth. Sharp claws. Mid toe and claw from 1.2" to 1.8". Cosmopolitan.
Breast uniform, not spotted white.