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Species Guide

Streaky-breasted Flufftail

Sarothrura boehmi

The Streaky-breasted Flufftail, known scientifically as Sarothrura boehmi, is a diminutive and elusive bird, a member of the Sarothruridae family. It bears the name of the German zoologist Richard Böhm, an homage to his contributions to the field.

Identification Tips

This species can be recognized by its streaky breast, a distinctive feature that sets it apart from other flufftails. Its plumage is an intricate pattern of earthy tones, blending seamlessly with the grasslands it calls home.


The Streaky-breasted Flufftail is found in wet grasslands, where moisture is abundant and the grasses grow tall. These environments provide the perfect cover and resources for this secretive bird.


This flufftail has a sparsely spread presence across the central regions of the African continent, where it flits through the grasses, seldom seen.


The Streaky-breasted Flufftail is a ground-dweller, constructing its nests from grass-stems and blades. These nests are carefully placed on the ground, hidden from the prying eyes of predators and birdwatchers alike.


Information on the breeding habits of the Streaky-breasted Flufftail is scarce, but its nests suggest a preference for ground nesting, using the materials readily available in its habitat.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List categorizes the Streaky-breasted Flufftail as Least Concern, indicating that, for now, this species does not face immediate threats to its survival. However, continuous monitoring is essential to ensure it remains out of danger.

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Suzette Theron
24 Nov 2023 - 4:39am
South Africa

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