White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi


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Anon. 2006. Local group discovers new flufftail site. Africa - Birds & Birding 11: 10.

Anon. 2006. New flufftail site discovered. World Birdwatch 28(1): 10.

Atkinson, P.; Robertson, P.; Dellelegn, Y.; Wondafrash, M.; Atkins, J. 1996. The recent rediscovery of White-winged Flufftails in Ethiopia. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 3(1): 34-36.

Barnes, K. N. 2000. The Eskom Red Data Book of birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. BirdLife South Africa, Johannesburg.

Collar, N. J.; Stuart, S. N. 1985. Threatened birds of Africa and related islands: the ICBP/IUCN Red Data Book. International Council for Bird Preservation, and International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Cambridge, U.K.

Dalton, D. L..; Smit-Robinson, H. A..; Vermaak, E.; Jarvis, E.; Kotze, A. Submitted. Is there genetic connectivity among the Critically Endangered White-winged Flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi) populations from South Africa and Ethiopia?

Davies, G. B. P.; Smit-Robinson, H. A.; Drummond, I. M. M.; Gardner, B.; Rautenbach, S.; van Stuyvenberg, D.; Nattrass, C.; Pretorius, M.; Pietersen, D. W.; Symes, C. T. 2015. Recent records of the White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi (Aves, Sarothruridae) in South Africa, including details of a survey of high-altitude wetlands in 2013-2014. Durban Natural Science Museum Novitates 37: 62-75.

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Hustler, K.; Irwin, M. P. S. 1995. Fifth Report of the OAZ Rarities Committee. Honeyguide 41: 103-106.

Sande, E.; Ndang’ang’a, P. K.; Wakelin, J.; Wondafrash, M;, Drummond, M;, Dereliev, S. (compilers). 2008. International Single Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the White-winged Flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi). CMS; AEWA, Bonn, Germany.

Smit-Robinson, H. 2014. Saving the world's rarest flufftail. BirdLife Africa Newsletter 14(1): 16.

Tarboton, W.; Wondafrash, M. in prep. Project proposal to establish a captive-breeding population of the White-winged Flufftail.

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Taylor, B. 1999. First White-winged Flufftail nest found. World Birdwatch 21(4): 3.

Taylor, B.; Wondafrash, M.; Demek, Y. 2004. The nest, eggs and chicks of the White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 124: 233-238.

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Taylor, P. B. 1998. The ecology and conservation of the White-winged Flufftail, and the sustainable utilisation of Ethiopian high-altitude palustrine wetland habitats: report on fieldwork in Ethiopia from 27 November to 12 December 1998.

Taylor, P. B.; Grundling, P. L. 2003. The importance of South African mires as habitat for the endangered Whitewinged Flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi). International Mire Conservation Group Newsletter: 8-12.

Uys, C. 2012. Impact of mining on waterbirds and other IBA trigger species. IBA Newsletter 2: 7.

Further resources

African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) International Action Plan 2007

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South African White-winged Flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi) Action Plan

Media resources

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2018) Species factsheet: Sarothrura ayresi. Downloaded from on 18/07/2018. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2018) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 18/07/2018.