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White-winged Flufftail confirmed to be breeding in South Africa

Date posted: 
Friday, March 2, 2018

New breeding site found for one of world's rarest birds.

An adult female was caught on camera displaying her white wing feathers © BirdLife South Africa

Everything we thought we knew about the White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi has been shaken up by recent footage captured by camera trap technology. At Middelpunt Wetland in South Africa, a site previously thought to cater only to non-breeding visiting Flufftails, strange photos were recorded. They depicted intriguing wing-flapping behavior, with both males and females displaying their white wing feathers. Could it be that something more than feeding was going on? It seemed almost too good to be true. Read this incredible story here.

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