Worldwide Species Action Plans
The White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi is a globally threatened species (IUCN Red List category: Endangered), with a declining population estimated at 700 individuals. It occurs in Ethiopia (at three sites, the only known breeding sites), Zimbabwe (three records) and South Africa (known from nine sites).
The main threats to the White-winged Flufftail include grazing and cutting of sedges and grasses during the breeding season; increased transformation of natural habitat to cultivation; inundation of wetland habitat through the construction of dams; natural resource use by local people; habitat trampling by livestock; and afforestation with eucalyptus. There is limited information on the population status and ecology of the species, which hampers implementable conservation action.