Rufous-sided Crake (Laterallus melanophaius)-crop
Rufous-sided Crake
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Genus: Laterallus
G.R. Gray, 1855

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Laterallus is a genus of birds in the rail family Rallidae. These small, relatively short-billed terrestrial rails are found among dense vegetation near water in the Neotropics, although a single species, the Black Rail, also occurs in the United States.

Both the Grey-breasted Crake and the White-throated Crake, former members of the genus, were moved to the genus Limnocrex as of November, 2014.[1]



  1. ^ John H. Boyd III (October 14, 2011). "PELECANAE I: Musophagiformes, Gruiformes, Otidiiformes, Cuculiformes". TiF Checklist. Retrieved 31-03-2020.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

Taylor, B., & B. van Perlo (1998). Rails – A Guide to the Rails, Crakes, Gallinules and Coots of the World. ISBN 1-873403-59-3

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