Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Vulnerable

Dot-winged Crake (Porzana spiloptera)


Taxonomy

French: Marouette maillée German: Fleckensumpfhuhn Spanish: Polluela overa
Taxonomy:

Porzana spiloptera

Durnford

, 1877,

Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina

.

Sometimes placed in genus Laterallus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

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

Habitat

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.

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/53662 on 15 December 2018).