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Rufous-sided Crake Laterallus melanophaius

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Rufous-sided Crake is described as a "chatter" or as "a rubbery, musical trill" that is similar to that of most other species of Laterallus (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2012); it is particularly similar to the song of White-throated Crake (Laterallus albigularis) (Hilty and Brown 1986, Ridgely and Greenfield 2001b). Compared to the song of White-throated Crake, the song of Rufous-sided Crake is less harsh (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001b); and the song of Rufous-sided Crake is more musical than the songs of Gray-breasted (Laterallus exilis) and Russet-crowned (Anurolimnas viridis) crakes (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2010).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

Calls include "high-pitched tinkling calls and [a] short treeeeeng" (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001b) and "a harsh, descending djreer" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2010).

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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.