French: Râle rayé German: Graukehl-Sumpfhuhn Spanish: Polluela culirroja
N Ivory Coast patchily E to Cameroon and S to Congo; more continuously from E DRCongo to Kenya, S and W to Zimbabwe, extreme SE Angola, NE Namibia and Botswana; scattered localities in NE & E South Africa, where may breed in wet years.
18–21 cm; 2 females, 41·5 and 61 g. Both sexes have diagnostic reddish cinnamon lower flanks and undertail-coverts, visible in flight; other distinctive features... read more
Advertising call of female a series of rapidly repeated ticking notes, lasting up to 1 minute.... read more
Typical breeding habitat is seasonally inundated grasslands which dry out and are often burned in... read more
Food and feeding
Earthworms, small snails, spiders, beetles, grasshoppers, flies, moths, insect larvae, small fish, and tadpoles. Forages on grass and mud,... read more
Breeds during rains: Ghana, Jun; Nigeria, Aug, breeding condition Jun; Cameroon, breeding condition Jun; Gabon, breeding condition Nov;... read more
Imperfectly known. In W Africa recorded Ghana only in rains but status uncertain; resident Nigeria... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). A highly secretive and poorly known species, undoubtedly overlooked but generally uncommon throughout its range, which may be more... read more
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