White-winged Flufftail

Sarothrura ayresi

The white-winged flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi) is a very rare African bird in the family Sarothruridae. The estimated global population size of white-winged flufftails is less than 250 adults. These birds reside in Ethiopia and South Africa but it is unknown whether these populations are one large or two different populations. Both sexes have dull plumage, dark crowns, and when flying show white secondary feathers. It resembles its relatives in the Flufftail genus, but both sexes have dull plumage and dark crowns. In flight both sexes also show distinctive white secondary feathers, a feature shared only with the related genus Coturnicops. Non-breeding birds call only at dawn and dusk, sometimes in duet. All those in the Flufftail genus are native to Africa, however, none are more endangered than the White-winged Flufftail.
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A photo of a White-winged Flufftail photographed in Dullstroom Nature Reserve South Africa
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