The Bush-hen belongs to the same family as crakes and rails. It has brown back and wings and grey throat and chest with rusty tan coloured rear and under the tail. The bill and legs are greenish. It is not often seen as it spends most of the time in dense vegetation near water. It is a good swimmer and also wades in shallow water
Rufous-tailed Waterhen, Pale-vented Bush-hen, Rufous-tailed Bush-hen
25cm - 30cm
Lives in dense vegetation around waterways in or near subtropical forest, tropical forest. Sometimes found on farmland and mangroves.
insects, worms and other small invertebrates, small frogs. Feeds on ground or wading in shallow water.
The nest is a cup shape build in long grass or other dense vegetation. It lays four to six white eggs with brown and grey spots.
The bush-hen is found along the eastern coast from northern New south Wales to top of Cape York in Queensland, and coastal pars of northern Territory. It is also found in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
Relatives in same Genus
White-breasted Waterhen (A. phoenicurus)