Rails, Gallinules and Coots (Rallidae)

Corncrake (Crex crex) - HBW 3, p. 174

French: Râle des genêts German: Wachtelkönig Spanish: Guión de Codornices

Taxonomy: Rallus Crex Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.
Great variation in colour within all populations renders impractical recognition of race similis of Kazakhstan. Monotypic.

Distribution: W & NW Europe (from British Is) E to NW China and C Siberia. Winters mainly from E Zaire and S Tanzania S to E South Africa.