Rails, Gallinules and Coots (Rallidae)

White-spotted Flufftail (Sarothrura pulchra) - HBW 3, p. 143

French: Râle perlé German: Perlenralle Spanish: Polluela Pulcra

Taxonomy: Crex Pulchra J. E. Gray, 1829, Sierra Leone.
Genus sometimes merged into Coturnicops, which is more likely to be a derivative of Sarothrura stock. Birds of W Cameroon highlands formerly awarded race tibatiensis, but now reckoned to be synonymous with nominate; batesi has sometimes been considered synonymous with either zenkeri or centralis. Four subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • pulchra (J. E. Gray, 1829) - Gambia and S Senegal E to SW Niger, Nigeria (except extreme SE) and N & C Cameroon; possibly extreme SW Mali.
  • zenkeri Neumann, 1908 - extreme SE Nigeria, coastal Cameroon and Gabon.
  • batesi Bannerman, 1922 - interior S Cameroon.
  • centralis Neumann, 1908 - Congo and N Angola E through Zaire to extreme S Sudan, W Kenya extreme NW Tanzania and extreme NW Zambia.

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