Indian hen
Stake-driver Stake"-driv`er (-dr[imac]v`[~e]r), n. (Zo["o]l.) The common American bittern ({Botaurus lentiginosus}); -- so called because one of its notes resembles the sound made in driving a stake into the mud. Called also {meadow hen}, and {Indian hen}. [1913 Webster]

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