Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Least Concern

Striped Crake (Amaurornis marginalis)


French: Râle rayé German: Graukehl-Sumpfhuhn Spanish: Polluela culirroja

Porzana marginalis


, 1857,



Often retained in Porzana on basis of plumage characters, but differs in skull structure and in having longer legs and toes. Sometimes separated in genus Aenigmatolimnas. Monotypic.


N Ivory Coast patchily E to Cameroon and S to Congo; more continuously from E DRCongo to Kenya, S and W to Zimbabwe, extreme SE Angola, NE Namibia and Botswana; scattered localities in NE & E South Africa, where may breed in wet years.

Descriptive notes

18–21 cm; 2 females, 41·5 and 61 g. Both sexes have diagnostic reddish cinnamon lower flanks and undertail-coverts, visible in flight; other distinctive features... read more


Advertising call of female a series of rapidly repeated ticking notes, lasting up to 1 minute.... read more


Typical breeding habitat is seasonally inundated grasslands which dry out and are often burned in... read more

Food and feeding

Earthworms, small snails, spiders, beetles, grasshoppers, flies, moths, insect larvae, small fish, and tadpoles. Forages on grass and mud,... read more


Breeds during rains: Ghana, Jun; Nigeria, Aug, breeding condition Jun; Cameroon, breeding condition Jun; Gabon, breeding condition Nov;... read more


Imperfectly known. In W Africa recorded Ghana only in rains but status uncertain; resident Nigeria... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). A highly secretive and poorly known species, undoubtedly overlooked but generally uncommon throughout its range, which may be more... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2019). Striped Crake (Amaurornis marginalis). 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 10 December 2019).