French: Râle à tête rousse German: Ugallaralle Spanish: Polluela cabecirroja
Other common names:
Lynes’s Flufftail (lynesi)
Ugalla District, Tanzania
Subspecies and Distribution
S. l. lugens
(Böhm, 1884) – Cameroon to DRCongo, Rwanda and W Tanzania.
S. l. lynesi
C. H. B. Grant & Mackworth-Praed, 1934 – C Angola and Zambia; presumably this race recorded in Malawi#R.
c. 15 cm. Tail even longer than in S. rufa and S. boehmi, often fluffed out. Male has rich chestnut on head down to hindneck and malar region (darker and... read more
Poorly known. Song of male a series of moaning, rather guttural hoots “whooo”, each... read more
Patches of savanna in lowland forest; grass-grown marshes in savanna; lakeside marshes; rank grass... read more
Food and feeding
Little known. Stomach of adults contained insects and seeds; of a chick, small black ants.
Apparently breeds during wet season, at least in S of range. Laying months, derived from young birds and collected females containing eggs... read more
Unknown; probably entirely sedentary, with perhaps very local displacement outside breeding season... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally uncommon, but locally common in NE Zambia, where 5–6 birds singing in radius of c. 450 m. Has been described as a... read more
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