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  Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)





Dusky Moorhen | Gallinula tenebrosa photo
Dusky Moorhen - adult and young. Adult has red shield on forehead. Found in freshwater wetlands.. Photographed at Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane.

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Dusky Moorhen | Gallinula tenebrosa photo
Dusky Moorhen on nest. Photographed at Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane.

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Dusky Moorhen | Gallinula tenebrosa photo
Young Dusky Moorhen. Photographed at Currumbin Sanctuary, Gold Coast, Australia.

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Dusky Moorhen | Gallinula tenebrosa photo
Dusky Moorhen on nest. Photographed at Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane.

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DUSKY MOORHEN FACTS

Description
The Dusky Moorhen is a common waterbird in ponds and creeks. It is dark grey to black with a yellow-yipped red bill.

Size
36cm

Habitat
wetlands, rivers, ponds

Food
algae, water plants, seeds, fruits, molluscs and other invertebrates.

Breeding
Builds platform nest from reeds and other water plants among reeds or on floating platforms in open water

Range
widespread in eastern and south-western Australia



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Gruiformes
Family:Rallidae
Genus:Gallinula
Species:tenebrosa
Common Name:Dusky Moorhen

Relatives in same Genus
  Tasmanian Native Hen (G. mortierii)
  Black-tailed Native-hen (G. ventralis)