Common Eurasian rail that frequents grain fields; SYN. land rail, Crex crex.
Bird Crex crex of the rail family. About 25 cm/10 in long, it is drably colored, shy, and has a persistent rasping call. It lives in meadows and crops in temperate regions, but has become rare where mechanical methods of cutting corn are used.
crake / kreɪk /
ETYM Cf. Icel. krâka crow, krâkr raven, Swed. kraka, Dan. krage; perh. of imitative origin. Related to Crow.
Any of several short-billed Old World rails.
Any of several small birds related to the corncrake.