Little Crake

Zapornia parva (Scopoli, 1769) JC LITCR 4100
Family: Gruiformes > Rallidae

Little Crake, Yoav Perlman

A rare visitor from Europe, records peak in the spring and there is a definite southern and eastern bias to them.

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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Little Crake breeding distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Breeding Distribution 2008-2011.
More from the Atlas Mapstore.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Little Crakes are a very rare and sporadic vagrant.

Weekly occurence of Little Crake from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Little Crake, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Rhegen Fach
Catalan: rascletó
Czech: chrástal malý
Danish: Lille Rørvagtel
Dutch: Klein Waterhoen
Estonian: väikehuik
Finnish: pikkuhuitti
French: Marouette poussin
German: Kleines Sumpfhuhn
Hungarian: kis vízicsibe
Icelandic: Flóðrella
Irish: Gearr Beag
Italian: Schiribilla
Latvian: mazais ormanitis
Lithuanian: plovine vištele
Norwegian: Sumprikse
Polish: zielonka
Portuguese: franga-d'água-bastarda
Slovak: chriašt malý
Slovenian: mala tukalica
Spanish: Polluela bastarda
Swedish: mindre sumphöna

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