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The black crake

9 July 2015

 

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The black crake Amauornis flavirostris commonly occurs in Africa south of the Sahara except in arid regions. The name flavirostris is Latin and means yellow bill although the black crake often appears to be all black as an adult. In South Africa it mainly occurs in the wetter eastern parts, but there are scattered reports of black crakes in semi-desert and arid regions in the Karoo.

Black crakes are largely sedentary but they may move around locally. The sexes are alike and the adults are 19 to 23 cm in length and weigh around 90 g. The eyes are... (Become a subscriber for more)

 


Reference:

Hockey, P A R, W R J Dean and P G Ryan (Eds) 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, seventh edition. Cape Town: Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Trust, pp. 326 – 327.

 

article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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