Dusky Moorhen

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Dusky Moorhen

Gallinula tenebrosa


Breeds August-March. A bulky shallow nest is built in rushes or reeds or on floating platforms in open water. May also nest in branches or stumps of waterside trees. In the breeding season, breeding groups of up to 7 birds form. All members of the group assist with incubation of the eggs and feeding the young.


Details Description
Type
Bird
Group
Rail
Identifying Characteristics

Male and female similar. Dark grey to black with a yellow-tipped scarlet bill and scarlet forehead-shield, dark eye, long reddish legs with slender toes and white undertail. Immature birds are browner with a greenish bill and forehead shield. Size 35-40 cm.

Distinctive Markings

Yellow-tipped scarlet bill.

Diet

Omnivore, feeds in the water and on land. Eats algae, water plants, grasses, invertebrates including molluscs, fruits and seeds.

Habitat

Well-vegetated wetlands, lakes, parks, dams, rivers with grassy margins, trees or introduced willows.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Sounds
Rapidly repeated "krek" or "krok", harsh and repeated screeches.
Taxonomy
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Gruiformes
Family
Rallidae
Genus
Gallinula
Species
tenebrosa
Eastern, south-eastern and south-western Australia and Tasmania.

Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Conservation Status
DEPI Advisory List
Not listed
FFG Act
Not listed
EPBC Act
Not listed

The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.

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