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Sad Saga of South Africa's Flufftail

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Reports blogs.nationalgeographic.com.

It is a relatively small bird, no bigger than a dove, and extraordinarily shy. It is merely a summer visitor to South Africa, but even so the white-winged flufftail carries enormous weight.


It has come to be known by the country's conservation fraternity as "the little bird that stopped a multi-billion rand project" (rand being the South African currency). It is also at the centre of a remarkable trans-Africa conservation project whereby local environmentalists have teamed up with Ethiopian villagers to protect the wetlands where it goes to breed in the Northern Hemisphere summer.

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