The Ruddy Crake (Laterallus ruber) is found from south and east Mexico to Costa Rica. Its natural habits are in grassy marshes, flooded or well drained fields and pastures with tall grass or weeds. Adults are 16.5 cm (6 inches) in height and 45 g in weight.
This is a small and reddish bird with contrasting dark head. Its top and sides of head are gray, with throat buffy. Body rufous and below paler. Wings and tail dark brown. Bill black and legs greenish. It eats insects.