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Rufous-sided Crake Laterallus melanophaius

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


Conservation Status

Rufous-sided Crake has a very large geographic range; the IUCN Red List conservation status of this species is assessed as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2012).

The relative abundance of Rufous-sided Crake is difficult to assess, due to its secretive habits, but in Ecuador it is described as uncommon to locally fairly common (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a), and as fairly common in Peru (Schulenberg et al. 2010).

Effects of human activity on populations

Human activity has little short-term direct effect on Rufous-sided Crake, other than the local effects of habitat destruction.

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.