Ruddy Crake Laterallus ruber

  • Order: Gruiformes
  • Family: Rallidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Alexander V. Kumar


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Ruddy Crake
eBird range map for Ruddy Crake

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Occurs in southern Mexico north to Oaxaca and to Alta Mira in Tamaulipas,  south through Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Honduras, and Nicaragua to northwestern Costa Rica. Found from sea level to 1500 m (Land 1970, Blake 1977).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Found in grassy marshes, brushy edges, sedgy ditches or ponds, flooded or well-drained fields, canes and pastures with tall grass or weeds into heavy brush.

Historical changes

No information.

Fossil history

No information.

Recommended Citation

Kumar, A. V. (2010). Ruddy Crake (Laterallus ruber), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.