Definition of corncrake in English:

corncrake

Line breaks: corn|crake
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːnkreɪk
 
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noun

A secretive Eurasian crake inhabiting coarse grasslands, with mainly brown streaked plumage and a distinctive double rasping call. Due to changes in agricultural practices it is now much rarer in the British Isles than formerly. Also called landrail.
  • Crex crex, family Rallidae
More example sentences
  • The eight endangered species of birds are common scoter, hen harrier, grey partridge, corncrake, red-necked phalarope, nightjar, roseate tern and corn bunting.
  • Like other crakes the corncrake was more prone than most to colliding with overhead wires.
  • Among the birds which have suffered catastrophic losses over the past 30 years are the tree sparrow, grey partridge, lapwing, curlew, snipe, skylark, corncrake, corn bunting, black and red grouse.

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