French: Râle ponctué German: Tropfenralle Spanish: Polluela elegante
near Durban, Natal, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
S. e. reichenovi
(Sharpe, 1894) – Guinea#R#R and Sierra Leone E to DRCongo and Uganda, and S to N Angola, including Bioko.
S. e. elegans
(A. Smith, 1839) – S Ethiopia; extreme S South Sudan and W Kenya S through Zambia and Tanzania to E & S South Africa.
15–17 cm; male 39·5–58 (46·4) g, female 40–60·5 (45·7) g; wingspan 25–28 cm. Tail short, not fluffy. Distinguished by... read more
Vocal repertoire very extensive. Remarkable and unique song of male a series of hollow, hooting... read more
Occupies wide range of habitats associated with forest or thick bush, from sea-level to 3200 m.... read more
Food and feeding
Studies in Natal show that species takes wide variety of invertebrate prey, principally earthworms, Amphipoda, Isopoda, Diplopoda, small... read more
In S Africa breeds during rains (Sept–May), but few data from other regions: Cameroon, May, Sept, Oct; Zaire, Sept; Uganda, breeding... read more
Poorly understood: seasonality of occurrence and extent of movements highly complex and imperfectly... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread; locally common, especially in South Africa. Range in W Africa very poorly known and apparently patchy; only recently... read more
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