Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)


Dot-winged Crake (Porzana spiloptera)


French: Marouette maillée German: Fleckensumpfhuhn Spanish: Polluela overa

Porzana spiloptera


, 1877,

Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Sometimes placed in genus Laterallus. Monotypic.


SE Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul)#R, Argentina (Corrientes–Chaco to Santa Cruz)#R#R#R and S Uruguay.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm. Small dark crake, with blackish streaks (feather centres) on dark olive brown upperparts; white markings on upperparts confined to upperwing-coverts and... read more


Voice unknown until recently. Song is a high note followed by a lower-pitched rattle "kee-... read more


Freshwater and brackish wetlands, including tidal and temporary marshes, swamps, wet marshy meadows... read more

Food and feeding

Recorded as feeding on insects, seeds and marsh weeds. No information on feeding habits.


Only recorded nest was found near Buenos Aires, but no further details were given. In addition, a juvenile was seen with an adult at Punta... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. In Argentina, recorded from at least 8 provinces, with doubtful records from 2 more: the single records from La Rioja and Río Negro possibly refer to L... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Dot-winged Crake (Porzana spiloptera). 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).