Buff-spotted Flufftail

The Buff-spotted Flufftail is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Buff-spotted Flufftail (Sarothrura elegans) is a species of bird in the Rallidae family. It is found in Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. References - * BirdLife International 2004. Sarothrura elegans. More

The Buff-spotted Flufftail is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Rallidae bird family group which includes birds such as Flufftails, Rails, Crakes, Gallinules, Swamphens, Moorhens, Coots. The description for the Buff-spotted Flufftail (Latin name Sarothrura elegans) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Sarothrura elegans can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 218 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 315. More

Buff-spotted Flufftail, Kenya, Mt Kenya (Mountain lodge) 16/01/04 © Mike Edgecombe Video grab in poor light conditons of difficult to observe species. More

page 315 also a picture of the Buff-spotted Flufftail on page 320. The Buff-spotted Flufftail belongs to the family of birds classified as Rallidae. According to the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology the Buff-spotted Flufftail is also known by these other names: Buff-spotted Crake, Buff-spotted Pygmy Crake, Buff-spotted Pygmy Rail. The map of the Kruger you see on this page shows the areas (coloured orange) where this bird has been identified. More

song of the buff-spotted flufftail, one of the most evocative sounds of the African rainforest, is sometimes believed to be the wail of a banshee, or the sound of a chameleon mourning for its mother, whom it killed in an argument over some mushrooms. The extinct Kosrae crake (Porzana monasa) of the Caroline Islands remains a legend among the islanders, since it was regarded as a sacred bird before the arrival of Christian missionaries. More

Physical characteristics: The male buff-spotted flufftail has an orange-chestnut head and neck and spotted body. The female is golden brown in color with a spotted back and barred belly. Buff-spotted flufftails range from 6 to 6.7 inches (15 to 17 centimeters) in length and 1.4 to 2 ounces (39 to 61 grams) in weight. More

Buff-spotted Flufftail—a secretive bird that we heard several times, but never saw. 4) Goshawk Attack – The lyrical banter in the first light of day is soon interrupted by the sudden arrival of a predator. A Pale Chanting Goshawk swoops into a nearby flock of Blue Waxbills as they feed on the ground. Narrowly escaping the surprise attack by flying to cover, the smaller birds begin to band together to scold and menace the hungry raptor. More

which include Forest Buzzard, Buff-spotted Flufftail, African Wood-Owl, Knysna Turaco, Narina Trogon, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Olive Woodpecker, White-starred Robin, Mountain Wagtail, Red-backed Mannikin, Green Twinspot and Forest Canary. Species less frequently recorded in the garden include African Crowned Eagle, African Harrier-Hawk, Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk, Little Sparrowhawk, Eurasian Hobby, Southern Ground-Hornbill, Cape Parrot, Half-collared Kingfisher and Grey Cuckooshrike. A superb patch of forest is situated 1km along the L’Abri road en route to Benvie. More

Buff-spotted Flufftail, Wood Owl, and a host of other forest specials. The largest section of the greenbelts is known as De Hel (1 on site map, below). Park in the small area next to the More

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Original source: David Bygott
Author: David Bygott
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Order : Gruiformes
Family : Rallidae
Genus : Sarothrura
Species : elegans
Authority : (Smith, 1839)