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Yellow-breasted Crake Hapalocrex flaviventer

  • © Cal Martins

Tiny and seldom seen, Yellow-breasted Crake is a rail that is patchily distributed over a huge range that stretches from Argentina north to Mexico and Puerto Rico. The species is very small and yellowish with yellow legs, a black crown and ocular stripe, white supercilium, with black and white banding on the flanks and rufous, black, and white streaking on the back. The voice varies throughout the range, but consists of a series of harsh, squealing whistles. Yellow-breasted Crake can be found in a variety of freshwater marshes but tends to hide from sight rather well in all habitats.

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© Glayson Bencke

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

Recommended Citation

Yellow-breasted Crake (Hapalocrex flaviventer), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: