White-winged flufftail

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The white-winged flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi) is a very rare African bird in the Sarothruridae family. Its scientific name honours South African ornithologist Thomas Ayres, who discovered it at Potchefstroom.

The species has a seemingly disjunct range, being found north of the equator in Ethiopia, and south of it in Zambia,Zimbabwe and South Africa. The only breeding records are from highland marshes of central Ethiopia. It is a very local, and apparently only summer, visitor to highland marshes south of the equator. It is unknown whether the northern and southern populations are distinct, but their physical features appear identical. The birds are not resident in any of the few known sites, sometimes departing after as little as six weeks when conditions turn unfavourable. source

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