Ruddy Crake


Ruddy Crake

Taxobox
name = Ruddy Crake
status = LC
status_system = iucn3.1
status_ref = [IUCN2006|assessors=BirdLife International|year=2004|id=48945|title=Laterallus ruber |downloaded=9 December 2006 Database entry includes a lengthy justification of why this species is of least concern]


regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Aves
ordo = Gruiformes
familia = Rallidae
genus = "Laterallus"
species = "L. ruber"
binomial = "Laterallus ruber"
binomial_authority = (Sclater & Salvin, 1860)

The Ruddy Crake ("Laterallus ruber") is a bird in the rail family, Rallidae. It is a small crake, 14-16.5 cm in length. It is mostly bright chestnut in colour with a paler chin and belly, blackish crown and dark grey ear-coverts. The bill is black, the iris is red and the legs and feet are olive-green.

The bird occurs from Mexico south to north-west Costa Rica. It is found in freshwater habitats such as marshes, reedbeds, damp fields and ditches.

References

*Taylor, Barry & Ber van Perlo (1998) "Rails: A Guide to the Rails, Crakes, Gallinules and Coots of the World", Pica Press, Sussex.


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