Rufous-sided Crake Laterallus melanophaius

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

The Rufous-sided Crake is a small, slender rail whose range encompasses most of the South American continent. Easily confused with other species in its genus, the Rufous-sided Crake is only distinguishable by subtle plumage markings and vocalizations. A relatively uncommon and inconspicuous inhabitant of marshes, wet meadows, and grasslands, the Rufous-sided Crake eats insects, other invertebrates, and occasionally seeds. No migratory movements of the Rufous-sided Crake have been recorded, but due to its secretive nature, not much is known about its overall life history.


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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

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.