Yellow-breasted Crake (Porzana flaviventer)

Yellow-breasted Crake

Yellow-breasted Crake

[order] GRUIFORMES | [family] Rallidae | [latin] Porzana flaviventer | [UK] Yellow-breasted Crake | [FR] Maroutte a sourcils blancs | [DE] Gelbbrust-Sumpfhuhn | [ES] Polluela Palida | [NL] Geelbuikporseleinhoen


Monotypic species


Physical charateristics

Very small yellowish crake with long toes. Dark line through eye with a buff white supercilicium. White markings on upperparts with dark streaking. Red legs and feet. Light brown underparts. Black bill. Sexes are alike.

Listen to the sound of Yellow-breasted Crake

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wingspan min.: cm wingspan max.: cm
size min.: 12 cm size max.: 14 cm
incubation min.: 0 days incubation max.: 0 days
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broods: 2   eggs min.: 3  
      eggs max.: 5  


North America, Latin America : Caribbean and South Mexico to Southeast South America


Freshwater marshes, borders of lakes and ponds, grassy marshes, rice fields; less frequently, swamps. Usually stays in thick cover, but may perch or forage in open in early morning.


Nest built on floating plant or attached to it. Clutch size 3-5 eggs.

Feeding habits

Diet consists of invertebrates, insects and seeds taken from water and vegetation.


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend is not known, but the population is not believed to be decreasing sufficiently rapidly to approach the thresholds under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size may be moderately small to large, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
P. flaviventer flaviventer is found in Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas, N, EC & S Brazil, E Bolivia, Paraguay, N Argentina
Yellow-breasted Crake status Least Concern


Presumed sedentary

Distribution map

Yellow-breasted Crake distribution range map

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