French: Talève d’Allen German: Bronzesultanshuhn Spanish: Calamoncillo africano
T. R. H. Thomson
Idda (Idah), River Niger, Nigeria
Senegal and Gambia E to Ethiopia and Somalia and S to South Africa, excluding arid SW; also Madagascar, Comoro Is, and (probably introduced) Mauritius.
22–26 cm; male 132–172 (154) g, female 112–145 (125) g; wingspan 48–52 cm. Superficially resembles P. porphyrio but much smaller, with less... read more
Variety of harsh, often nasal, calls, including dry “keck” and drawn-out “kerk” (sometimes repeated... read more
Freshwater marshes, reedbeds, inundated grassland and floodplains, especially with flooded ... read more
Food and feeding
Flowers and seeds of reeds and sedges; seeds, stems and leaves of grasses and other marsh plants; unripe seedheads of water-lilies; fruits... read more
Sierra Leone, Sept, Nov; Nigeria, May–Oct; Ghana, Jun; Cameroon, Aug; Gabon, May; Ethiopia, Apr, Jun, Sept–Oct; Kenya and NE... read more
Some birds resident year round in permanent wetlands, but with onset of rains in N tropics most... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Erratic nature of occurrence in very seasonal habitats makes populations difficult to assess, but may be locally very numerous in... read more
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