Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)


Rufous-faced Crake (Laterallus xenopterus)


French: Râle de Conover German: Rotgesichtralle Spanish: Polluela guaraní

Laterallus xenopterus


, 1934,

Horqueta, Paraguay




N Bolivia (Beni)#R#R, SC Brazil (Mato Grosso, Goiás, São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Federal District)#R and C Paraguay.

Descriptive notes

14cm; 3 unsexed 51–53 g. Tail relatively long, bill stout and tarsus short. Sexes alike. Distinguished from other Laterallus by buffy ochraceous foreneck to... read more


Song is a drawn-out, slightly descending trill, quite similar to e.g. Rufous-sided Crake L.... read more


Inhabits coarse, tussocky or matted grass on moist to shallowly flooded substrates in marshes.... read more

Food and feeding

Nothing recorded. Specimens captured in traps baited with peanut butter, rolled oats, cracked maize and banana.


No information available.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Reliably known from a dozen scattered localities, but recent records indicate that it is likely to be more widespread. In C Paraguay the type was collected at... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B., Boesman, P., de Juana, E. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Rufous-faced Crake (Laterallus xenopterus). 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 11 December 2019).