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Water Rail Rallus aquaticus
Identification: Long, slightly decurved, dark reddish bill is diagnostic. The buff undertail is obvious in the poor light conditions where this bird is normally seen. Good views confirm the dark-centered upperpart feathers and the barred flanks. Distinctive squealling call is more often heard than the bird is seen.
Information: Distribution: widespread but uncommon throughout the British Isles. Reedbeds and dense undergrowth on or around marshes.
Similar species: Moorhen and the much rarer crakes; all have shorter bills that Water Rail.