Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)


Rusty-flanked Crake (Laterallus levraudi)


French: Râle de Levraud German: Venezuelaralle Spanish: Polluela venezolana

Porzana levraudi

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1869,

Caracas, Venezuela




Venezuela N of R Orinoco. Specimen from NE Brazil (Paraíba) is a subadult of L. exilis.

Descriptive notes

14–16·5 cm. Upperwing-coverts variably spotted with rufous in some birds. Sexes alike. Closely resembles allopatric Porzana fasciata and Rufirallus... read more


Song is an abrupt, loose churring, very similar to its close relatives, e.g. Rufous-sided Crake... read more


Inhabits swamps, marshes, lakesides, lagoons and flooded pastures in lowlands from 20 m up to 600 m.

Food and feeding

No information available.


No information available.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Confined to NW Venezuela, where it has been recorded from E Zulia, Barinas, Portuguesa, Falcón, Lara, Yaracuy, Carabobo, Aragua, Distrito Federal and... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B., Sharpe, C.J. & Boesman, P. (2020). Rusty-flanked Crake (Laterallus levraudi). 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 19 January 2020).