Birds of Colombia

    GRUIFORMES: Rallidae (Rails, Crakes & Coots)  
Genus: Laterallus (5 species, 13 worldwide)

White-throated Crake
White-throated Crake (Laterallus albigularis cerdaleus)
Laguna Tabacal, Cundinamarca, Colombia
  This subspecies has less white on throat than other subspecies.
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Common in its range, and usually in tall grass and usually near water. But sometimes found in unexpected places.

Grey-breasted Crake
Grey-breasted Crake (Laterallus exilis)
Arari, Maranhão, Brazil  
Photograph by Hector Bottai     Copyright and usage info

Black-banded Crake
Black-banded Crake (Laterallus fasciatus)
Photograph by George Cruz (San Jorge Eco-Lodges)   © All Rights Reserved.

Rufous with brown wings and wide black bands on belly. Lowland species with some records in foothills. Prefers dense flooded grasslands (Beckers).

Yellow-breasted Crake
Yellow-breasted Crake (Laterallus flaviventer woodi)
Medio Queso, Los Chiles, Costa Rica  
Photograph by Jorge Obando Gutierrez   © Copyrighted, All Rights Reserved.

Rufous-sided Crake
Rufous-sided Crake (Laterallus melanophaius melanophaius)
Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  Note contrasting flank and head colors compared to Red-and-white Crake, and brownish olive legs. White-throated Crake is missing red flanks.
Photograph by Cláudio D. Timm     Copyright and usage info

A typical crake with a typical slurred rattle song. About half the size of a gallinule or coot.

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