French: Râle perlé German: Perlenralle Spanish: Polluela pulcra
J. E. Gray
Subspecies and Distribution
S. p. pulchra
(J. E. Gray, 1829) – Gambia and S Senegal E to SW Benin#R#R, Nigeria (except extreme SE) and N & C Cameroon; possibly SW Niger#R#R.
S. p. zenkeri
Neumann, 1908 – extreme SE Nigeria, coastal Cameroon and Gabon.
S. p. batesi
Bannerman, 1922 – interior S Cameroon.
S. p. centralis
Neumann, 1908 – Congo and N Angola E through DRCongo to extreme S South Sudan, W Kenya, extreme NW Tanzania and extreme NW Zambia.
16–17 cm; male 39–53·2 (45·2) g, female 41–50·6 (45·4) g. Tail short, not noticeably fluffy. In male, white-spotted black... read more
Vocal repertoire extensive. Characteristic call of male, given all year but most frequently during... read more
Mainly lowland rainforest, usually in association with water, e.g. forest swamps, streams and pools... read more
Food and feeding
Diet consists chiefly of invertebrates: earthworms, nematodes, small leeches, small gastropods, myriapods, spiders and many insects,... read more
Seasons poorly known: in most areas breeds during rains, probably more seasonally in S areas with a marked rainy season, but in W Kenya... read more
Normally entirely sedentary and permanently territorial, but there is some evidence for local... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to locally abundant over most of range. In W Kenya distribution along streams essentially linear, one pair per 100–130 m... read more
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