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Colombian Crake Mustelirallus colombianus

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The Colombian Crake is a poorly known species of Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama.  It is found in lowland wetlands and seasonally flooded grassland habitats, though it can be found in drier areas such as pasture and forest edge habitats as well.  The species is similar to a congener, Paint-billed Crake, but can be identified visually by its cinnamon flanks and undertail.  There are two subspecies of Colombian Crake -   N. c. ripleyi in northern Colombia and eastern Panama, and N. c. columbianus, widely distributed along the coast of Colombia and northern Ecuador.

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Recommended Citation

Colombian Crake (Mustelirallus colombianus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/colcra2