Gurney, Sr, 1877,
Potchefstroom, eastern North West Province, South Africa.
Occasionally placed in genus Coturnicops without other flufftail species. Ethiopian birds first described as Ortygops macmillani. Present species has been thought to form a species pair with S. watersi, but some authors consider the two to differ too much in structural, morphological and vocal characters to support such a relationship. Monotypic.
Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and South Africa; two unconfirmed records from Zambia (Chingola, Kitwe#R). Sound records from Rwanda questionable, apparently referable to Grey Crowned-crane (Balearica regulorum).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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