African Crake (Crex egregia) - HBW 3, p. 173
French: Râle des prés
Spanish: Guión Africano
Taxonomy: Ortygometra (Crex) egregia W. K. H. Peters, 1854, Tete, Zambezi.
Sometimes placed in genus Porzana on the basis of a superficial resemblance to P. albicollis, but plumage and skeletal differences make the relationship untenable. Sometimes placed in monospecific genus Crecopsis but probably more appropriately included in Crex on basis of similarities to C.crex. Monotypic.
Distribution: Sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal E to Kenya and S to Cape Province, South Africa, except arid areas of SW & S Africa, where W limits correlate with 300-mm summer rainfall isohyet.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
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A bird on a dump
Locality Grand-Popo, Mono Department, Benin
Paul van Giersbergen 8 January 2012 24 weeks ago 5
An individual along the path
Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Frederic Pelsy 13 October 2015 4 days ago ADDED LAST WEEK 4.7
Locality Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Nik Borrow 31 May 2012 3 years ago 4.3
African Crake moving across track to a nearby pan
Locality South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Derek Solomon 20 December 2005 2 years ago 3.9
Individual standing in the middle of the road
Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Nik Borrow 14 August 2005 6 years ago 3.7
Wounded by a dog in a lakeside garden, caught by Laurent Esselen and photographed in hand.
Locality Goma, Nord-Kivu Province, Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo) (Monotypic species)
Tommy Pedersen 8 June 1991 4 years ago 3.6
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