African Finfoot (Podica senegalensis) - HBW 3, p. 216
French: Grébifoulque d'Afrique
Spanish: Avesol Africano
Other common names: Peters's Finfoot (petersii)
Taxonomy: Heliornis senegalensis Vieillot, 1817, Senegal.
Suggested subdivision of family into two subfamilies places present species in Podicinae alongside Heliopais personata. A cline in size, increasing towards south and east of range. Race camerunensis may apparently intermix with senegalensis in S Cameroon. Birds from Loango coast (extreme NW Angola) formerly awarded separate race albipectus, being intermediate in size and range, but not reliably separable. Four subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- senegalensis (Vieillot, 1817) - Senegal E mainly through forested belt of W Africa to E Zaire, Uganda, NW Tanzania and Ethiopia.
- somereni Chapin, 1954 - Kenya and NE Tanzania.
- camerunensis Sjöstedt, 1893 - S Cameroon, Gabon, Congo and N Zaire.
- petersii Hartlaub, 1852 - Angola E to SE Zaire, Zambia and Mozambique, and S to E South Africa.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird swimming and walking along the water's edge Locality Mburo Lake National Park, Uganda (ssp senegalensis)
Josep del Hoyo 13 September 2006 6 years ago 42 sec 4.6
filmed from a small boat Locality Mburo Lake National Park, Uganda (ssp senegalensis)
Daniêl Jimenez 15 September 2010 3 years ago 24 sec 3.9
female swimming along edge of lake under overhanging vegetation Locality Mburo Lake National Park, Uganda (ssp senegalensis)
Martin Kennewell 31 May 2004 2 years ago 22 sec 3.4
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We were very lucky too see this male in summer plumage.
Locality Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia (ssp senegalensis)
Paul Cools 12 June 2012 1 year ago 4.7
Female African Finfoot posing on riverbank in the open.
Locality Janjanbureh (Georgetown), Central River Division, The Gambia
Mattias Hofstede 15 December 2013 8 weeks ago 4.5
A female on the water
Locality Mburo Lake, Mburo Lake National Park, Uganda
Tadeusz Stawarczyk 4 July 2013 16 weeks ago 4.4
A male sitting on the branch
Locality Mburo Lake National Park, Uganda (ssp senegalensis)
Arti 5 March 2011 2 years ago 4.3
Male hiding most of the time in vegetation but then it swam in the open for some seconds.
Locality Mburo Lake National Park, Uganda
Antero Topp 25 October 2011 2 years ago 4.2
Side view of bird swimming at water's edge.
Locality Uganda (ssp senegalensis)
Pete Morris 22 August 2006 11 weeks ago 4.1
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