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  • n. The corncrake, Crex crex.


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  • Dispassionately considered, the landrail should be a bird that a man could scarcely miss on the first occasion of his handling a gun; in cold fact, it often survives two barrels apparently untouched.

    Birds in the Calendar

  • Of the smaller birds there is the gallinetta, a kind of landrail, the curse of hunters shooting wild duck, their wretched screech warning every bird in the district.

    Argentina from a British Point of View

  • It was of a dark-brown colour, and spotted like the landrail; the tail feathers were nine in number, and twelve inches long.

    The Journals of John McDouall Stuart

  • But how shall I forget the solemn splendour of a second course, which was served up in great state by Stripes in a silver dish and cove; a napkin round his dirty thumbs; and consisted of a landrail, not much bigger than a corpulent sparrow.

    The Book of Snobs

  • The mournfully monotonous chirping of the grasshoppers, the call of the landrail, and the cry of the quail did not destroy the stillness of the night, but, on the contrary, gave it an added monotony.

    The Witch, and other stories

  • “Upon my word, the dog ...” muttered Savka, looking with respect in the direction of the calling landrail.

    The Witch, and other stories

  • And at once, as though in answer to his call, a landrail called on the opposite bank.

    The Witch, and other stories

  • And the landrail called, it seemed, in the very place where the fire had been.

    The Witch, and other stories

  • And the larks trilled unceasingly, the corncrakes called to one another, and the landrail cried as though someone were really scraping at an old iron rail.

    The Witch, and other stories

  • From the landrail I passed imperceptibly to the migration of the birds.

    The Witch, and other stories


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