French: Râle de Rouget German: Rougetralle Spanish: Rascón etíope
Other common names: Abyssinian Rail
Affinities uncertain. Monotypic.
Ethiopia and Eritrea.
30 cm. Combination of unstreaked olive brown upperparts, cinnamon-rufous underparts and white undertail-coverts unique among African rallids. Sexes alike. Immature paler than... read more
Advertising call a loud, ringing, repeated “wreeeee-creeeeuw”, given during day and on... read more
Ethiopian and Eritrean highlands at 2000–4100 m, where frequents marshy situations in montane... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes seeds, aquatic insects (especially water beetles), crustaceans and small snails. Recorded foraging in open meadows and on... read more
Lays Mar–Oct. Monogamous; solitary nester. Nest is a pad of dead rushes on wet ground among high rushes or in rushes over water. Eggs... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Widespread in highland areas from Eritrea to Kaffa (Maji Plateau) and regarded as common to locally abundant,... read more
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