French: Râle affin German: Streifenralle Spanish: Polluela estriada
Other common names:
Cape Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
S. a. antonii
Madarász & Neumann, 1911 – extreme S South Sudan S to E Zimbabwe.
S. a. affinis
(A. Smith, 1828) – E & S South Africa and Swaziland.
14–15 cm; male 25–30 (28·5) g; wingspan 23–24 cm. Tail short and fluffy; upperparts heavily streaked whitish with yellowish wash. Most similar in... read more
Vocal repertoire extensive. Song of male a hoot, lower-pitched than that of S. rufa,... read more
Under existing climatic conditions, distribution essentially discontinuous and relict. Over most of... read more
Food and feeding
Takes insects, including beetles (Carabidae and Curculionidae), bugs, Diptera, Hempitera, adult and larval Lepidoptera, ants, termites,... read more
Normally breeds during the rains. Sudan, breeding condition May; Kenya, May; Tanzania, Jan; Zambia, breeding condition Jan; Malawi, Apr;... read more
Normally regarded as sedentary, with local movements when grassland habitat becomes too dry or is... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon in some parts of range, and classed as Rare in South African Red Data Book. Race antonii has not been recorded in... read more
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