White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi

Family: Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, Coots)

Authority: (Gurney, 1877)

Red List Category

Criteria: C2a(i)

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Justification of Red List category
This elusive species is listed as Critically Endangered as its population is now thought to be very small, and is believed to be undergoing a very rapid continuing decline in extent, area, and habitat quality, owing to the high rate of loss and degradation of its preferred habitat, seasonal marshland. Populations in both Ethiopia and South Africa are now thought to be extremely small (although it is unknown whether there is migration between the two areas).

BirdLife Species Champion: Rockjumper Birding Ltd

Population size: 50-249 mature individuals

Population trend: decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 200,000 km2

Country endemic: no

Land-mass type - continent
Realm - Afrotropical
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Sarothrura ayresi. Downloaded from on 25/02/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 25/02/2024.