Ash throated Crake (Porzana albicollis)

Ash-throated Crake

[order] Gruiformes | [family] Rallidae | [latin] Porzana albicollis | [UK] Ash-throated Crake | [FR] Marouette plombee | [DE] Wieselsumpfhuhn | [ES] Polluela Turura | [IT] Schiribilla collobianco | [NL] Witkeelporseleinhoen


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Porzana albicollis SA n, sc, se
Porzana albicollis albicollis e Brazil to e Bolivia, Paraguay, n Argentina
Porzana albicollis olivacea Colombia to the Guianas and n Brazil

Physical charateristics

Small secretive crake with a short bill. With black and olive brown streaks on the black. Tail is blck, underparts slate, except throat is pale grey. Lower flanks and under tail coverts barred black and white. Sexes are alike.

Listen to the sound of Ash-throated Crake

[audio: Crake.mp3]

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wingspan min.: cm wingspan max.: cm
size min.: 25 cm size max.: 28 cm
incubation min.: 0 days incubation max.: 0 days
fledging min.: 0 days fledging max.: 0 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 3  


Found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Paraguay, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela. In Suriname found in thickly overgrown marches and ponds. No nests found yet.


Freshwater marshes, rice fields and other wet overgrown areas.


The nest is a large open bowl made out of dry grass, on the ground or just above. Well hidden between tree roots or grass. Clutch size is 2-5 eggs. No further data available.

Feeding habits

Diet consists of insects and insect larvae and grass seeds. Only appears in the open to feed.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 6,200,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘frequent’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Ash-throated Crake status Least Concern


Presumed sedentary

Distribution map

Ash-throated Crake range map


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