Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Least Concern

Black-banded Crake (Porzana fasciata)


French: Marouette fasciée German: Streifenbauchralle Spanish: Polluela barreada

Porzana fasciata

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1868,

Pebas, Ucayali River, Peru


Sometimes placed in Laterallus, which it resembles in voice, but differs in pattern of primary moult, which is similar to that of Rufirallus castaneiceps; alternatively sometimes placed in Anurolimnas. Specific name formerly given as hauxwelli, a replacement supplied by original describers, as fasciata wrongly thought to be preoccupied by Rallina fasciata. Monotypic.


S & SE Colombia S to E Ecuador and E Peru, and E across W Amazonian Brazil to R Purus.

Descriptive notes

18–20 cm. Tail short. Sexes alike. Distinguished from Rufirallus castaneiceps and R. viridis by rufous underparts with black bars, and uniform rufous... read more


Song a low churring rattle, similar to that of Rufirallus viridis, Laterallus... read more


Tall wet grass and marsh vegetation, including that fringing streams and pools. Occurs in lowlands... read more

Food and feeding

Nothing recorded.


Colombia, Jun. One nest was domed and bulky, of grass with a side entrance, 1·7 m up on a vine-covered fallen limb in a clearing. No... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Status difficult to assess because of skulking habits in tall wet grass, but species is probably more widespread than the few... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2020). Black-banded Crake (Porzana fasciata). 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 25 February 2020).