Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Least Concern

Ash-throated Crake (Porzana albicollis)


French: Marouette plombée German: Wieselsumpfhuhn Spanish: Polluela turura

Rallus albicollis


, 1819,



N race previously listed as olivacea, but this older name dubiously applicable#R. Two specimens from SE Peru are as large as nominate, but show plumage characters of typhoeca. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. a. typhoeca J. L. Peters, 1932 – Colombia, Venezuela and Trinidad to the Guianas and extreme N Brazil (N Roraima); recently discovered in NE Ecuador (Sucumbíos)#R.
  • P. a. albicollis (Vieillot, 1819) – E & S Brazil, N & E Bolivia, Paraguay and extreme N Argentina; probably this race in SE Peru.
  • Descriptive notes

    21–24 cm; male 90–114 g, one female 105 g, two unsexed 92–121 g. Sexes alike. Slightly smaller P. carolina has white streaks on upperparts,... read more


    Song a repeated, loud, fast series of vibrating notes, sounding like machine-gun “d'd... read more


    Freshwater marshes, marshy lakes, Moriche swamps, rice fields, drainage ditches, savanna, dry to... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects and their larvae (Lepidoptera, Formicidae, Coleoptera), and grass seeds. Occasionally emerges partially into the open near cover,... read more


    Trinidad and Tobago, probably Jul–Oct; Guyana, Feb–Jul with peak in May, but possibly nesting throughout year. Nest a large... read more


    Nothing definitely recorded, but some seasonal movements possible in Colombia, records from NE Meta... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Race olivacea formerly regarded as quite common to abundant in Guyana, local in Colombia and rare in Trinidad; no... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Ash-throated Crake (Porzana albicollis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 15 December 2019).