Black-banded Crake (Anurolimnas fasciatus)

Order: Gruiformes | Family: Rallidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Archidona, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Archidona, Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~17.5 cm (7 in). The Black-banded Crake has a chestnut head neck and rest of underparts. It has broad black bands in the belly. The back is dark olive. In the field, with poor light, it looks uniform dark brown. The legs are red with a grayish bill. It forages in thickets at edges of rivers and also fallow agricultural fields close to rivers and creeks. It is similar to Uniform Crake, and Chestnut-headed Crake and all these Crakes can be found in similar habitats, but it is distinguished by having a banded belly and red legs.

Status: The Black-banded Crake seems fairly common in northeast Peru, namely the department of Loreto. It is rare in southeastern Peru. It is known to range up to 1,200 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Br.

Name in Spanish: Gallineta Negra Bandeada.

Sub-species: Black-banded Crake (Anurolimnas fasciatus) P. L. Sclater and Salvin, 1868.

Meaning of Name: Anurolimnas: Gr. Amaurus= dark brown and limnas, limne= marsh, swamp. fasciatus: L. fasciatus, fasciata, fascia= with bands, bands, band.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.