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Bird Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula renebrosa)

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Common Name: Dusky Moorhen

Scientific name: Gallinula renebrosa

Family: Rallidae

Order: Gruiformes

Other Names: NA

Distribution: Indonesia through New Guinea to Australia. Widespread in eastern and south-western Australia, ranging from Cooktown to eastern South Australia and in the southern corner of Western Australia.

Habitat: Wetlands, including swamps, rivers, and artificial waterways. Prefers open water and water margins with reeds, rushes and waterlilies, but may be found on grasses close to water such as parks, pastures and lawns.

Field Notes: Medium-sized, dark grey-black water bird with a white undertail. It has a red bill with a yellow tip and a red facial shield. Young birds are much duller and browner than adults, with a greenish bill and face shield. Size: 35-40 cm.

Photo by Auscraft 2011 in Goomeri, QLD.

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Gallinula tenebrosa (Dusky Moorhen)

Common Name: Dusky Moorhen.

Scientific Name: Gallinula tenebrosa

Family: Rallidae

Order: Gruiformes

Other Names: NA

Distribution: It is widespread in eastern and south-western Australia, ranging from Cooktown to eastern South Australia and in the southern corner of Western Australia.

Habitat: found in wetlands, including swamps, rivers, and artificial waterways.

Field Notes:medium-sized, dark grey-black water bird with a white undertail. It has a red bill with a yellow tip and a red facial shield. Young birds are much duller and browner than adults, with a greenish bill and face shield. Size: 34- 38 cm. Similar species The similarly-sized Eurasian Coot, Fulica atra, has a white bill and face shield and a red eye. The Purple Swamp Hen, Porphyrio porphyrio, is much larger and has a distinct purple-blue colouring.

Photo by Auscraft 2011, My Yard, QLD

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Breeding:

During breeding season, the Dusky Moorhen forms breeding groups of two to seven birds, with all members defending territory, building nests and looking after young. The shallow platform nests are made of reeds and other water plants over water, among reeds or on floating platforms in open water. Two or more females will lay their eggs in the same nest and all members of the group help to incubate the eggs and feed the young.

Photo auscraft 2012, Snadgate

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Your last two shots are stunning Auscraft! very nicely done.
 
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