Uncommon to rare summer migrant from winter grounds in Africa. Breeds in fresh wetlands with reed beds; migrants can be in any marshy habitat. Usually retiring and rarely seen, but can be confiding. Tiny, with long wings and short greenish bill with small red base. Face and underparts plain slaty gray on male; buffy to whitish on female and juvenile. Adults have plain flanks, boldly barred undertail coverts. Juvenile has barred flanks; compare to Baillon’s Crake.