Rails, Gallinules and Coots (Rallidae)

Red-chested Flufftail (Sarothrura rufa) - HBW 3, p. 144

French: Râle à camail German: Rotbrustralle Spanish: Polluela Rufa

Taxonomy: Rallus rufus Vieillot, 1819, Cape Province.
Genus sometimes merged into Coturnicops. Race ansorgei proposed for birds of Angola. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • bonapartii (Bonaparte, 1856) - scattered records from Sierra Leone E to Nigeria; more continuously in Cameroon, Gabon and Congo.
  • elizabethae van Someren, 1919 - Ethiopia; Central African Republic and NE Zaire E to Uganda and W Kenya.
  • rufa (Vieillot, 1819) - C Kenya through Tanzania, S Zaire and Angola to South Africa.

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