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
Hiding in the grass
Locality Nairobi National Park, Kenya (Monotypic species)
Thomas Holmberg 28 November 2011 2 years ago 4
bird in reedbed
Locality Nylsvley Nature Reserve, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Roland Bischoff 22 September 2010 4 years ago 4
Frequenting sewage pans, and nearby wetland areas.
Locality Greyton, Western Cape Province, South Africa (Monotypic species)
Stuart Shearer 24 June 2014 8 weeks ago 3.7
single bird at the edge of the reeds
Locality Vryheid Wastewater Treatment Works, Vryheid, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Roland Bischoff 13 September 2010 4 years ago 3.7
A male wading in shallow water.
Locality Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng Province, South Africa
Robert Erasmus 9 August 2013 1 year ago 3.5
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