French: Marouette à sourcils blancs German: Gelbbrust-Sumpfhuhn Spanish: Polluela pálida
Cayenne, French Guiana
Subspecies and Distribution
H. f. gossii
(Bonaparte, 1856) – Cuba and Jamaica.
H. f. hendersoni
(Bartsch, 1917) – Hispaniola and Puerto Rico.
H. f. woodi
(van Rossem, 1934) – S Mexico to NW Costa Rica.
H. f. bangsi
(Darlington, 1931) – N Colombia.
H. f. flaviventer
(Boddaert, 1783) – Panama, N & C Colombia and W Ecuador (Manabí)#R to Venezuela, Trinidad and the Guianas, and S to N, EC & S Brazil, E Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and NE Argentina.
12·5–14 cm; male 22–29 (26) g; female 20–28 (24) g. Sexes alike. Very small crake, with long toes which enable it to walk on floating vegetation;... read more
Low, harsh, rolled or churring “k'kuk kurr-kurr”; plaintive, squealing, single or repeated “kreer”... read more
Freshwater marshes, grassy edges of lakes and ponds, flooded fields, rice fields, and floating... read more
Food and feeding
Small gastropods, insects and seeds, taken from water, mud and vegetation. Forages among emergent plants; emerges from cover in early... read more
El Salvador, male in breeding condition Aug; Costa Rica, Jul; Trinidad, male in breeding condition Feb; Colombia, “immature”... read more
Normally regarded as sedentary, and no definite movements recorded, but seen only Mar–Jul at... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Formerly regarded as locally abundant in Cuba, locally common in Mexico, and locally common in Trinidad, El Salvador and Panama.... read more
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