‘Loud and runs on water’ .
They hide in reeds and brush until you are almost on top of them, then suddenly flap, run with a big toed foot, squealing all the way. Since they live with the alligators when you find these birds they scare the heck out of you. Splashing and squawks are something I try to avoid.
BTW, that’s not how any birder would ID them, but it is a good description.
Another name for this bird is a Moorhen. For a long time I thought a Moorhen was a different species. People would point out a bird, and give it another name. They looked the same to me, but I learn from others so it must be me. Well, they changed the name a few years ago.
I thought only famous people could do that.