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Rufirallus castaneiceps

Anurolimnas castaneiceps


21 cm

  • Rufous on forecrown, sides of head and neck, and on breast
  • Dark olive-brown on rest of the plumage
  • Legs red in norther subspecies; dusky brown in southern subspecies
  • Eyes variable, mostly in orangeish tones but sometimes brown
  • Juveniles like a dull version of the adult


South America: found east of the Andes in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, north-western Bolivia and south-western Brazil.



There are 2 subspecies:[1]

  • R. c. coccineipes:
  • R. c. castaneiceps:
  • Eastern Ecuador to eastern Peru and extreme north-western Bolivia (Pando) as well as nearest parts of Brazil


Dense undergrowth of tropical moist forests, second growth, and former gardens. May be far from water, or sometimes near streams but not ponds and lakes.


Habitat preference and habit of being silent if disturbed makes this a difficult species to observe. Seems mainly to walk while feeding.


Sings a loud, melodic song.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Ridgely, R.S., & P.J. Greenfield (2001). "The Birds of Ecuador - Field Guide". Comstock/Cornell Paperbacks. ISBN 978-0-8014-8721-7
  3. Schulenberg, T. S. and G. M. Kirwan (2020). Chestnut-headed Crake (Anurolimnas castaneiceps), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.chhcra1.01

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