Origin of water rail
Examples from the Web for water rail
Couch gives some facts of interest relating to the mode of escape practised by the water-rail, swan, and some other aquatic birds.Animal Intelligence|George J. Romanes
The hawk dropped the water-rail and flew down to the lure and suffered herself to be taken.
I once turned out a dozen water-hens, a brown owl, a woodcock, and a water-rail from one little withe patch.The Naturalist on the Thames|C. J. Cornish
A cause of deep regret, indeed,Had the door opened at the knocking of the water-rail!
The boys went to see the nest and found eleven eggs in it, like those of the water-rail but larger.