Scientific name: Rallus aquaticus
From grunts and groans, to 'purring' and 'piglet squealing', the Water Rail is more often heard than it is seen! This shy bird lives in reedbeds and wetlands, hiding among the vegetation.
Average lifespan: est. 5-8 years
Classified in the UK as Green under the Birds of Conservation Concern 4: the Red List for Birds (2015).