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White-winged Flufftail | Sarothrura ayresi

The White-winged Flufftail is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Rallidae bird family group which includes birds such as Flufftails, Rails, Crakes, Gallinules, Swamphens, Moorhens, Coots.

The description for the White-winged Flufftail (Latin name Sarothrura ayresi) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Sarothrura ayresi can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 222 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 321. You will find a picture of the White-winged Flufftail on page 320.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the White-winged Flufftail between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The White-winged Flufftail has a height of 13 cms and weighs around 32 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black. The Sarothrura ayresi has a white coloured throat, brown legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Sarothrura ayresi has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is brown

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are brown

Throat is white

Back is brown

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

This bird has a specially adapted bill which helps it hunt for fish, crabs, shrimp and other aquatic animals in the water.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foligae.

The White-winged Flufftail is found in the Southern African wetlands, riverine forests and moist grasslands.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

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