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Buff-spotted Flufftail

Sarothrura elegans

The Buff-spotted flufftail, known scientifically as Sarothrura elegans, is a diminutive and elusive bird, a member of the Sarothruridae family. It is adorned with a subtle yet intricate plumage that blends seamlessly into its forested abode.

Identification Tips

This species can be identified by its buff spots, which are set against a backdrop of rich browns and soft whites, creating a camouflage that is both effective and beautiful. The flufftail's size and coloration may vary, but its distinctive spots remain a constant marker.


The Buff-spotted flufftail thrives in forested areas, where the dappled light and dense undergrowth provide both shelter and foraging grounds.


This bird has a wide range across the African continent, being found in countries such as Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, and many others, down to South Africa. Its presence is a testament to the adaptability and resilience of the species.


The flufftail leads a secretive life, often hidden away from prying eyes. Its behavior is a dance of shadows and whispers in the dense forest habitat it prefers.

Diet and Feeding

With a semi-omnivorous diet, the Buff-spotted flufftail partakes in a variety of invertebrates as well as grass and tree seeds. These seeds are not just sustenance but also serve a functional purpose, aiding in the grinding of other foods within its digestive system.

Conservation status

Currently, the Buff-spotted flufftail is classified as Least Concern by the IUCN. Its population remains steady, a beacon of hope for conservationists and bird enthusiasts alike.

Buff-spotted Flufftail Sounds

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