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 13 weeks ago 4.5
Looking for food
Locality Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Gauteng Province, South Africa
ian wood 4 February 2014 2 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4
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
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
Frequenting sewage pans, and nearby wetland areas.
Locality Greyton, Western Cape Province, South Africa (Monotypic species)
Stuart Shearer 24 June 2014 24 weeks ago 3.5
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