Chestnut-headed Crake (Anurolimnas castaneiceps)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~21 cm (8.3 in). The Chestnut-headed crake is distinctively bicolor. It has a rufous head, neck, and breast. The rest of the body is olive-brown. The legs are grayish. Forages in wet areas inside the forest. It favors thick foliage including bamboo thickets. It is similar to the Black-banded Crake and Uniform Crake, and they can use similar habitats, but distinguished by olive gray belly and upperparts and grayish legs.

Status: The Chestnut-headed Crake is generally uncommon to rare in the Amazonian Lowlands where it is known to range up to 900 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Gallineta de Cabeza Castaña.

Sub-species: Chestnut-headed Crake (Anurolimnas castaneiceps castaneiceps) Sclater & Salvin, 1869.

Meaning of Name: Anurolimnas: Gr. Amaurus= dark brown and limnas, limne= marsh, swamp. castaneiceps: L. castaneus= brown, the color brown and ceps= head, cap.

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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.