Rufous-sided Crake Laterallus melanophaius

  • Order: Gruiformes
  • Family: Rallidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg


The nest of Rufous-sided Crake is a globular structure with a side entrance, on or just above damp ground or water. The nest is composed of leaves, and lined with shredded leaves, dry grass, and feathers. External dimensions of the nest are 17-22 x 14-18 cm, with the entrance having a diameter of 6.5-7 cm and a cavity height of 9 cm. Eggs are white or cream, marked with spotted brown or reddish, marks sometimes more concentrated around the blunt end of the egg. The incubation is 19.5-20 days (Contreras 1988). The chicks leave the nest within four days of hatching (Contreras 1988). Nests have been found in Argentina in late September and October (Contreras 1988).

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2012). Rufous-sided Crake (Laterallus melanophaius), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.