Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Least Concern

Red-and-white Crake (Laterallus leucopyrrhus)


French: Râle blanc et roux German: Weißbrustralle Spanish: Polluela rojiblanca

Rallus leucopyrrhus


, 1819,





Paraguay and SE Brazil to NE Argentina (S to Buenos Aires) and Uruguay.

Descriptive notes

14–16cm; 1 female 46·5 g, 10 unsexed 34–52 (45)g. Distinctively patterned crake: pure white throat and centre of breast sharply demarcated from adjacent... read more


Utters a prolonged throaty chatter; contact call is a low squeak or whistle.


Open marshy areas in lowlands. Inhabits dense tussocky or matted grasses (sometimes heavily grazed... read more

Food and feeding

Forages by searching ground and occasionally prodding dead leaves or twigs. Captive birds ate earthworms, insects and millet seed.


Argentina, Oct. Monogamous. Nest spherical with side entrance, made of grasses; one aviary nest was large pile of wet leaves, 18 cm deep... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No recent information. Formerly regarded as locally common in Argentina and Paraguay but rare in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Kept in... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2020). Red-and-white Crake (Laterallus leucopyrrhus). 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).