Flufftail makes ‘red list’ of species nearing extinction

The White-winged Flufftail, one of Africa’s rarest birds, is on the verge of extinction, conservation body the IUCN warned on Tuesday. The White-winged Flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi) has been listed as critically endangered, putting it on the edge of the extinction abyss. The small, secretive bird is found in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. It feeds on seeds and vegetation as well as insects, spiders, earthworms, small frogs and small fish. The stomach contents of a deceased chick included coleoptera (Dystiscidae) imagines, Diptera larvae (Tipulidae and Tabanidae), and the remains of small crustaceans.

Sources: The Raw Story, 25 November 2013
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