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Range DescriptionSarothrura watersi has been recorded reliably from only three well-separated areas in eastern Madagascar. If 1970-1971 records from the Antananarivo district are discounted as erroneous, the remaining sites are "south-east Betsileo" in 1875, near Analamazaotra in 1928, near Andapa in 1930, Ranomafana/Vohiparara since 1988 and Torotorofotsy marsh since 1997. All sites are in, or adjacent to, mid-altitude rainforest. Its marshland habitat is widely but very patchily distributed (Wilmé and Langrand 1990; ZICOMA 1999) and it may yet occur at other sites, having been overlooked due to its extremely secretive behaviour (Morris and Hawkins 1998). Nevertheless, very little suitable habitat is likely to remain (P. B. Taylor in litt. 1999), and its total population may number considerably less than 1,000 individuals (Taylor and van Perlo 1998).