Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Data Deficient

Colombian Crake (Neocrex colombiana)


French: Râle de Colombie German: Kolumbiensumpfhuhn Spanish: Polluela colombiana

Neocrex colombianus


, 1898,

Palomino, Santa Marta, Colombia


Closely related to N. erythrops, and sometimes considered conspecific, but differs in plumage and in bill structure. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • N. c. ripleyi Wetmore, 1967 – C Panama and NW Colombia (Chocó).
  • N. c. colombiana Bangs, 1898 – N & W Colombia and NW Ecuador.
  • Descriptive notes

    18–20 cm. Sexes alike; underwing-coverts are white. Allopatric N. erythrops differs in having flanks to undertail-coverts barred blackish and white, underwing-... read more


    Natural voice unknown. Only recording is of rasping sounds given by a hand-held immature which had... read more


    Marshes, swamps, wet savannas, wet grass, pastures, and overgrown forest edges; not restricted to... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information; presumably similar to N. erythrops.


    Colombia, male in breeding condition Jan, 3 birds near breeding condition Dec–Jan; in Panama, an apparently non-flying juvenile... read more


    Regarded as sedentary. Three birds, all near breeding condition, flew into lighted windows in... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Data Deficient. Very little information available on status and distribution. Nominate subspecies regarded as rare ... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Colombian Crake (Neocrex colombiana). 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).