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Colombian Crake

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Neocrex colombiana


[edit] Identification


  • Brownish-olive upperparts, hindneck, flanks
  • Slate-grey crown, sides of head, underparts
  • White throat
  • Pale unbarred buff rear abdomen and undertail coverts

[edit] Similar species

Paint-billed Crake is barred on the rear underside

[edit] Distribution

Central and South America: found in central Panama to western Colombia and northwestern Ecuador.

[edit] Taxonomy

Formerly lumped within Paint-billed Crake (N. erythrops).
Placed in genus Mustelirallus by Clements.

[edit] Subspecies1

  • N. c. ripleyi:
  • N. c. colombiana:
  • Santa Marta Mountains of north-eastern Colombia to coastal north-western Ecuador

[edit] Habitat

Wetlands, pastures and forest edges. Found at heights up to 2,100m.

[edit] Behaviour

Nearly unknown: birds in breeding condition has been encountered in January.

Voice is described as a slow series of whistled notes

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from
  2. Angehr, G.R. and R. Dean 2010. The birds of Panama - a field guide. A Zona Tropical Publication. ISBN 978-0-8014-7674-7
  3. A Guide to the Birds of Colombia
  4. Taylor, B. and C.J. Sharpe (2020). Colombian Crake (Mustelirallus colombianus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.

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