Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Crake (Laterallus albigularis)


French: Râle à menton blanc German: Weißkehlralle Spanish: Polluela carrasqueadora

Corethrura albigularis


, 1861,

Atlantic side of Isthmus of Panama


Sometimes considered conspecific with L. melanophaius, which replaces present species E of Andes; may, however, be closer to L. exilis. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. a. cinereiceps (Lawrence, 1875) – SE Honduras and Caribbean slope of Nicaragua S through Costa Rica to NW Panama (W Veraguas).
  • L. a. albigularis (Lawrence, 1861) – Pacific lowlands of SW Costa Rica (Gulf of Nicoya) through Panama (including Coiba I) and N & W Colombia to W Ecuador (S to El Oro).
  • L. a. cerdaleus Wetmore, 1958 – N Colombia (Córdoba to Santa Marta region and S in Magdalena Valley to Cundinamarca) and extreme NW Venezuela#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    14–16 cm; male mean 50 g, female mean 45 g. Occasionally has remiges faintly mottled or barred with white. Sexes alike. Only sympatric Laterallus is L.... read more


    Abrupt, explosive descending trill or churr, similar to that of L. ruber; alarm note a... read more


    Marshes, wet fields and damp grassy pastures, overgrown banks of ditches, canals, ponds and streams... read more

    Food and feeding

    Takes insects, spiders, seeds of grasses and sedges, and algae. Recorded feeding on fruits of Conostegia subcrustulata (... read more


    Breeds Costa Rica in wet season; Colombia, breeding condition Dec–Aug. Nest a ball, with a side entrance, of woven grass stems and... read more


    Resident throughout range, but in wet season may wander to higher ground with low cover.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Very difficult to see and status unclear; considered common over much of its range in 1970s and 1980s, but in 1960s race ... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2019). White-throated Crake (Laterallus albigularis). 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).