This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text.
Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original
book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...'krek, 'krek, krek, kuk, k
'uk," after daylight or before sunset. The description of the
sora's habits, which are almost identical with this rail's, should
be read to avoid repetition. ln plumage, however, these two birds
are quite different, the yellow-breasted rail having black upper
parts streaked with brownish yellow and marked with white bars, the
buff of the breast growing paler underneath, the dusky flanks
barred with white, and the under coverts varied with black, white,
and rufous. lts wing linings are white, but these the bird takes
good care not to show. The Little Black Rail, or Crake (Porrana
jamaicensis), the smallest of the family, exhibits all the family
shyness and fear, which, taken with its obscure coloration and its
extreme unwillingness to rise on the wing, keep it almost unknown,
although its range extends from Massachusetts, Illinois, and Oregon
to Louisiana, the West lndies, and Central America. As its name
implies, it is common in jamaica. Mr. Marsh of that island writes
its call "chi-chi-cro-croo-croo, several times repeated in sharp
high notes so as to be audible to a considerable distance." Guided
by this call, one may count oneself rarely fortunate to discover
the, little mouse-like bird that makes it, running swiftly in and
out of the sedges. lts head, breast, and under parts are slate
color; its fore back and nape are rich brown; its lower back,
wings, and tail are brownish black spotted with white, and the
flanks and dusky under parts are barred with white. Common
Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) Called also: FLORIDA GALLINULE; WATER
HEN; REDBILLED MUD HEN; BLUE RAIL Male and Female--A bare, bright
red shield on forehead, same color as bill; plumage uniform dark
bluish or grayish...
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