Ash-throated Crake, Porzana albicollis

The Ash-throated Crake, (Porzana albicollis), is a species of bird in the Rallidae family. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. Its habitat is subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland and swamps.

The Ash-throated Crake is a small bird with a short bill. It has black and olive brown streaks on the back. The tail is black and the underparts are slate gray. The throat is a pale gray. The lower flanks and under tail coverts are barred black and white. Sexes are similar.

This secretive bird’s nest is a large open bowl made from dry grass. It is found on or just above the ground, and is well hidden between tree roots or grass. The female lays 2 to 5 eggs. Its diet consists of insects and insect larvae and grass seeds. It only appears in the open when feeding.

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