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Ash-throated Crake Mustelirallus albicollis


The Ash-throated Crake is a widely distributed but secretive species of seasonally flooded wetlands in northern and central South America. Its range is split into two main sections; it is found both to the north and south of the Amazon River with a huge section of  unoccupied range in between these disjunct patches. The species is largely gray below with a short bill, pale gray throat, black upperparts with brown fringing on the feathers, and white and black barring on the flanks and undertail.  Like many rails, Ash-throated Crake is rarely seen except for when it emerges from dense wetland vegetation to feed on insects and grass seeds, and is most easily detected by its calls and song.

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Recommended Citation

Ash-throated Crake (Mustelirallus albicollis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: