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Yellow-breasted Crake - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Francisco Paludo
Piracicaba, SP, Brazil, December, 2018
Hapalocrex flaviventer

Porzana flaviventer


At 14 cm (5.5 "), this is a very small crake which gives a light yellow-brown impression.
If seen well, should show a dark cap and barred flanks.


When flying, yellow legs dangle and head droops.


Subspecies woodi
Photo by S_McNeil
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, February 2009

Southern Mexico to northern Argentina, Brazil, Guianas, and Greater Antilles.


Formerly placed in the genus Porzana.


There are 5 subspecies1:


Swamps, fresh water marshes, flooded and rice fields. Floating vegetation at the side of lakes and ponds.


If flushed, is likely to fly a short distance before dropping back into the swamp vegetation. Very difficult to get a good view of.


Their diet consists of insects, small gastropods and seeds.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2015)

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