French: Grébifoulque d’Afrique German: Binsenralle Spanish: Avesol africano
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. senegalensis
(Vieillot, 1817) – Senegal E mainly through forested belt of W Africa to E DRCongo, Uganda, NW Tanzania and Ethiopia.
P. s. somereni
Chapin, 1954 – Kenya and NE Tanzania.
P. s. camerunensis
Sjöstedt, 1893 – S Cameroon, Gabon, Congo and N DRCongo.
P. s. petersii
Hartlaub, 1852 – Angola E to SE DRCongo, Zambia, SW Tanzania and Mozambique, and S to E South Africa; also in E Caprivi Strip (NE Namibia, N Botswana).
35–59 cm; 338–879 g. Rectrices stiffened markedly; small bony knob on carpal joint; first digit carries sharp claw; legs and feet bright salmon-red to orange.... read more
Generally rather silent, but song (either given quietly or rather loud) is likened to a roaring... read more
Permanent streams, rivers, pools and lakes, with well-vegetated banks, particularly with reeds and... read more
Food and feeding
A variety of invertebrates, particularly larvae and adults of mayflies, dragonflies, beetles, grasshoppers; spiders, millipedes;... read more
Season varies with location, corresponding with high water levels; Sept in Sierra Leone; chicks in Nov–Dec in Liberia, in Oct in... read more
Resident, but colonizes new locations regularly; in South Africa, and probably elsewhere, some... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread, but never at high densities; usually considered to be scarce because is so elusive and so rarely observed. Not uncommon... read more
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