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Striped Flufftail

Sarothrura affinis

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Small rail of grassland and heath. Very shy and elusive bird that is unlikely to be seen unless expressly looking for it. Male has a rufous head and black body with heavy white streaks. Female brown with barring and spotting below. Found in fynbos, montane heath, grassland, and locally in wetlands. Call is a series of long, rising, hollow hoots. Similar to Streaky-headed and Red-chested Flufftails, but male has less rufous on the chest, and female is paler and more patterned below. Usually found in drier habitats than other flufftails.

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