Short Note: Challenges in nest monitoring of White-winged Flufftails Sarothrura ayersi in Ethiopia
The Critically Endangered White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi is only known to breed in the high-altitude wetlands of Ethiopia and South Africa. Several studies have documented the physical properties of nests in the well-known Berga wetland, Ethiopia; however, behavioural accounts of birds at these nests are limited. Remote monitoring techniques have revolutionised the ability to detect and observe elusive species, such as wetland rallids. We discuss the challenges experienced during a pilot study to collect observations at nests of White-winged Flufftails on the breeding grounds in Ethiopia. Lessons learnt from placement of camera traps at nest sites and conservation implications for future monitoring are discussed and guidelines for camera trap deployment are provided.
Keywords: Critically Endangered, conservation, monitoring, northeastern Africa, wetland, White-winged Flufftail