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Rufous-sided Crake - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Lcverissimo
Intervales State Park, Ribeirão Grande, SP, Brazil, June 2017
Laterallus melanophaius


  • Brown upperparts with rufous sides of its head, neck, breast, and upper flanks.
  • White throat, breast and belly.
  • Flanks are barred black and white.


Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.


Formerly considered conspecific with White-throated Crake Laterallus albigularis.


  • L. m. oenops - Tropical se Colombia to e Peru and extreme w Brazil
  • L. m. melanophaius - S Venezuela to the Guianas, Brazil, Bolivia and n Argentina




They eat insects, other invertebrates, and occasionally seeds. Not much is known about its life history because of its secretive nature.


Recording by Andrew Whitehouse

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