African Rail (Rallus caerulescens) - HBW 3, p. 170
French: Râle bleuâtre
Spanish: Rascón Cafre
Other common names: African Water/Cape/Kaffir Rail
Taxonomy: Rallus cærulescens Gmelin, 1789, Cape of Good Hope.
Forms superspecies with R. aquaticus and R. madagascariensis. Monotypic.
Distribution: Sub-Saharan Africa, principally from Ethiopia to E Zaire and Kenya and S to Cape of Good Hope. Status uncertain in W Africa; occurrence in NE Central African Republic and coastal Kenya requires confirmation.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
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Adult bird foraging at dusk.
Locality Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Gauteng Province, South Africa (Monotypic species)
Bram ter Keurs 16 February 2013 50 weeks ago 4.5
Adult bird foraging
Locality Culley's Dam, Port Edward, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (Monotypic species)
Stan Culley 1 September 2015 6 days ago ADDED LAST WEEK 4.4
Bird scurrying for cover
Locality Hyena Dam, Nairobi National Park, Kenya (Monotypic species)
James Kashangaki 20 September 2015 19 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Nairobi National Park, Kenya (Monotypic species)
Nik Borrow 12 November 2011 34 weeks ago 4.3
Adult on edge of reeds
Locality Wakkerstroom Biosphere Reserve, Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa
Markus Lilje 8 October 2014 16 weeks ago 4
Looking for food
Locality Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Gauteng Province, South Africa
ian wood 4 February 2014 39 weeks ago 4
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