Sarothrura watersi (Bartlett, 1879)

Slender-billed flufftail, Waters's flufftail, Waters's crake



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1930

Rediscovered in October 1987 (Wilmé & Langrand, 1990)

IUCN RedList status: Endangered





Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Bartlett, E. (1879). Second list of mammals and birds collected by Mr Thomas Waters in Madagascar. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond., 767-773.

Other references:

BirdLife International. (2016). Sarothrura watersi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22692250A93344378. Downloaded on 14 February 2017.

Collar, N. J. and 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.

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. (2014). HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.

del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., and Sargatal, J. (1996). Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 3: Hoatzin to Auks. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

Knox, Alan G. and Walters, Michael P. (1994). Extinct and endangered birds in the collections of The Natural History Museum. British Ornithologists' Club Occasional Publications 1: 1-292.

Langrand, O. (1990). Guide to the birds of Madagascar. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

Langrand, O.; Goodman, S. M. 1995. Monitoring Madagascar's ecosystems: a look at the past, present, and future of its wetlands. In: Herman, T.B.; Bondrup-Nielsen, S.; Willison, J.H.M.; Munro, N.W.P. (ed.), Ecosystem monitoring and protected areas, pp. 204-214. Science and Management of Protected Areas Association, Wolfville, Canada.

Langrand, O.; Wilmé, L. 1993. Protection des zones humides et conservation des especes d'oiseaux endemiques de Madagascar. Annales des Sciences Zoologiques Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale 286: 201-209.

Morris, P.; Hawkins, F. 1998. Birds of Madagascar: a photographic guide. Pica Press, Robertsbridge, UK.

Safford, R. J. (2013). Slender-billed Flufftail Sarothrura watersi. In: Safford, R. J.; Hawkins, A. F. A. (ed.), The Birds of Africa. Volume VIII: The Malagasy Region, pp. 351-352. Christopher Helm, London.

Segan, D. B.; Hole, D. G.; Donatti, C. I.; Zganjar, C.; Martin, S.; Butchart, S. H. M.; Watson, J. E. M. 2015. Considering the impact of climate change on human communities significantly alters the outcome of species and site-based vulnerability assessments. Diversity and Distributions: DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12355.

Stattersfield, A. J.; Crosby, M. J.; Long, A. J.; Wege, D. C. 1998. Endemic bird areas of the world: priorities for bird conservation. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

Taylor, B. 1998. Rails: a guide to the rails, crakes, gallinules and coots of the world. Pica Press, Robertsbridge, UK.

Wilmé, Lucienne and Langrand, Olivier. (1990). Rediscovery of Slender-billed Flufftail Sarothrura watersi (Bartlett, 1879), and notes on the genus Sarothrura in Madagascar. Biological Conservation 51: 211-223.

ZICOMA. 1999. Zones d'Importance pour la Conservation des Oiseaux a Madagascar.


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