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African Rail

Rallus caerulescens Gmelin, JF, 1789

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Partial list of sound recordings available from xeno-canto, macaulaylibrary.org & avocet.zoology.msu.edu.
Species name Recordist Date Location Remarks Cat.nr.
African Rail - Rallus caerulescens Tony Archer 2021-05-02 City of Matlosana (near Potchefstroom), Southern DC, North West, Klerksdorp (South Africa) (1400 m) adult, call, dog barking, water running, wind noise -

This is a longish clip. First part is type of contact call the birds were making. Then the normal loud cackle. I included piece where Lesser Swamp Warbler cluck can be heard, also hiss of Black-winged kite.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

645119
xeno-canto.org
African Rail - Rallus caerulescens intermedia Frank Lambert 2017-11-01 Lake Manyara National Park, road loop to lake, Babati, Arusha, Arusha (Tanzania) (950 m) song -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

429505
xeno-canto.org
African Rail - Rallus caerulescens Peter Boesman 2014-11-06 Wakkerstroom area, Kwazulu-Natal, Mpumalanga (South Africa) song - [sono] 280641
xeno-canto.org
African Water Rail - Rallus caerulescens Louis A. Hansen 24-03-2007 Ndundulu, Udzungwa Mts, Iringa Region , Iringa (pre-2012) (Tanzania) (1880 m) Call (A) - A pair caling from a highland meadow. I have no knowledge if this is also part of the species song. Repeated four times 29207
xeno-canto.org
African Rail - Rallus caerulescens Gary Allport 2018-01-14 Marracuene, Maputo, Maputo (Mozambique) (10 m) call -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

399267
xeno-canto.org
African Rail - Rallus caerulescens Peter Boesman 2017-09-24 Elandsbaai area, Western Cape, Western Cape (South Africa) call - [also] [sono] 392682
xeno-canto.org
African Rail - Rallus caerulescens Peter Boesman 2017-09-24 Elandsbaai area, Western Cape, Western Cape (South Africa) call -

Call and long call.

392683
xeno-canto.org
African Rail - Rallus caerulescens Lynette Rudman 2016-06-12 Port Alfred, Western District, Eastern Cape, Eastern Cape (South Africa) (10 m) call -

Several bird heard calling from a very tall reed bed in the early morning.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

321255
xeno-canto.org
African Rail - Rallus caerulescens Peter Boesman 2016-11-16 Rundu area, Okavango (Namibia) song - [sono] 347035
xeno-canto.org
African Rail - Rallus caerulescens Tony Archer 2019-05-17 Klerksdorp (near Stilfontein), Southern DC, North West, Klerksdorp (South Africa) (1300 m) call -

Calling rom extensive Reedbed

bird-seen:no

playback-used:yes

475082
xeno-canto.org
African Water Rail - Rallus caerulescens Louis A. Hansen 24-03-2007 Ndundulu, Udzungwa Mts, Iringa Region , Iringa (pre-2012) (Tanzania) (1880 m) Call (B) - A pair caling from a highland meadow. I have no knowledge if this is also part of the species song. Repeated five times 29206
xeno-canto.org
African Rail - Rallus caerulescens Nature sounds by Simply Birding 2007-02-24 Ekurhuleni (near Nigel), Sedibeng, Gauteng, Nigel (South Africa) (1600 m) adult, duet, female, male -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

647192
xeno-canto.org
African Rail - Rallus caerulescens Peter Boesman 2016-09-18 Lake Mweru around Chabilikila, Luapula province, Luapula (Zambia) call - [sono] 339392
xeno-canto.org
African Water Rail - Rallus caerulescens Pamela C. Rasmussen 20 Dec 2010 South Africa: West Coast National Park, Geelbek (-33.193, 18.124) , South Africa (South Africa) (2 m) song - quality: good 12215
avocet.zoology.msu.edu
African Rail - Rallus caerulescens Tony Archer 2019-08-10 JB Marks Local Municipality (near Potchefstroom), Southern DC, North West, Potchefstroom (South Africa) (1300 m) call -

Calling from thick reed bed. Wind noise reduced.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:yes

492176
xeno-canto.org
African Rail - Rallus caerulescens intermedia Frank Lambert 2017-11-01 Lake Manyara National Park, road loop to lake, Babati, Arusha, Arusha (Tanzania) (950 m) song -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

429506
xeno-canto.org
African Rail - Rallus caerulescens Tony Archer 2020-10-09 JB Marks Local Municipality (near Potchefstroom), Southern DC, North West, Potchefstroom (South Africa) (1300 m) call, juvenile -

Ran across road. Then called from thick reed bed at sewerage works.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

594141
xeno-canto.org
African Rail - Rallus caerulescens Peter Boesman 2016-09-22 Kasanka National Park, Northern Province, Central (Zambia) song - [sono] 339393
xeno-canto.org
African Rail - Rallus caerulescens Tony Archer 2019-08-18 Klerksdorp (near Stilfontein), Southern DC, North West, Klerksdorp (South Africa) (1300 m) call -

CFalling from thisk reed bed.

playback-used:no

493208
xeno-canto.org
African Rail - Rallus caerulescens David C. Moyer 1987-06-17 2.0 km E of Tatanda, Nkutwe Forest, Rukwa, Tanzania, Rukwa (pre-2012) (Tanzania)   -   46082
macaulaylibrary.org
African Rail - Rallus caerulescens David C. Moyer 1987-06-17 2.0 km E of Tatanda, Nkutwe Forest, Rukwa, Tanzania, Rukwa (pre-2012) (Tanzania)   -   46081
macaulaylibrary.org
African Rail - Rallus caerulescens David C. Moyer 1987-07-17 Bukoba; Minziro Forest Reserve, Tanzania, Tanzania (Tanzania)   -   46016
macaulaylibrary.org
African Rail - Rallus caerulescens David C. Moyer 1987-07-17 Bukoba; Minziro Forest Reserve, Tanzania, Tanzania (Tanzania)   -   46015
macaulaylibrary.org
African Water Rail - Rallus caerulescens Louis A. Hansen 11-03-2007 Ndundulu, Udzungwa Mts, Iringa Region , Iringa (pre-2012) (Tanzania) (1880 m) Call (no score) - One call series repeated five times. Mountain Greenbul is heard (Andropadus chlorigula) calling 28972
xeno-canto.org
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