dusky moorhen

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Spotted this fellow on a walk through Coffs Harbour Botanical Gardens, he was swimming around the lake at the Japanese Garden with a few of his kind and some friendly Ibis. He’s a Dusky Moorhen, they belong to the Gallinules, large crakes with short bills and coloured frontal shields on foreheads. They graze on aquatic weed and other food near water and make a loud sharp ‘krek’ sound. They are quite common on wetlands in south-east and eastern Australia and like to make nests of grass or reeds where they lay between 7-10 eggs.

Acknowledgment: The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, 2nd ed.

2 thoughts on “dusky moorhen

    Dharani said:
    December 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    We have a lot of purple moorhens and eurasian coots here, the coot looks pretty similar 🙂

      margosnotebook responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      we have a purple one here too, they are lovely, thanks for visiting

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