Slaty-legged Crake

Rallina eurizonoides eurizonoides




Rails, Gallinules and Coots (Rallidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:


Number of Eggs:

3 - 4

Incubation Days:


Egg Incubator:

Both sexes

Nest Location:

Nest is built in second growth about a meter above dry ground or on the ground.

Nest Material:



Some migrate



Slaty-legged Crake: Small to medium-sized rail with red-brown head and breast, narrow yellow eyering, and olive-brown back and wings. Black and white barring on belly and vent. Short to medium-length, gray-black bill with blue-gray or olive base. Short, broad wings. Very short, olive-brown tail. Fairly long, black-gray legs and feet. Feeds on earthworms, insects, and berries. Forages by picking prey off of low vegetation and the muddy ground.

Breeding and Nesting

Slaty-legged Crake: Three to four, gray-white eggs are laid in a shallow cup nest made of grass. The nest is built in second growth about a meter above dry ground or on the ground. Both sexes incubate for around 20 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Slaty-legged Crake: Feeds on earthworms, insects, and berries. Forages by clambering through low, wet vegetation and snatching food items with its bill. Also, carefully walks through wet areas and flips leaves over with its bill. When a food item is seen, it reaches down to grab it with its bill.


Slaty-legged Crake: Calls include "kek-kek" or nasal "ow-ow" vocalizations. They also emit croaks, hisses, and spitting calls.

Similar Species

Red-legged Crake is lighter brown above, with barring visible on the wings, and has orange-red legs.

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