Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Least Concern

Ruddy Crake (Laterallus ruber)


French: Râle roux German: Rubinralle Spanish: Polluela rojiza

Corethrura rubra

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1860,

Vera Paz, Guatemala


In the past up to three races recognized, with ruberrimus (from N Nicaragua) and tamaulipensis (NE Mexico) in addition to nominate, but supposed differences evidently due to sexual dimorphism of the species#R. Monotypic.


S & E Mexico (Guerrero and Tamaulipas) S to Honduras, N Nicaragua and NW Costa Rica (N Guanacaste).

Descriptive notes

14–16·5 cm; 42–49 (45) g. Sexes alike, but female richer, more chestnut, from lower back to uppertail-coverts; averages slightly smaller, especially in... read more


Explosive descending trill similar to that of L. albigularis, typically preceded by quiet... read more


Marshes, including brushy edges; also flooded fields, wet meadows and roadside ditches; pastures... read more

Food and feeding

No information available.


Honduras, Jul–Sept; Nicaragua, Jul. Nest a rather tightly woven ball of dry grass stems, reeds and leaves, lined with finer grass,... read more


Considered resident throughout most of normal range but possibly only a visitor to NW Costa Rica.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Difficult to observe; current status unclear, but in 1970s species was regarded as fairly common in some areas, possibly the most... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2020). Ruddy Crake (Laterallus ruber). 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 17 February 2020).