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Dusky Moorhen

Gallinula tenebrosa

Dusky Moorhen on Log Dusky Moorhen Distribution Dusky Moorhen on Log
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Date & Time: 14 March 2004 10:23
Place: Birds Land Reserve, Belgrave South
Two Moorhens Investigating Two Moorhens Investigating
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Date & Time: 14 March 2004 11:12
Place: Birds Land Reserve, Belgrave South
Dusky Moorhen in Full Voice Dusky Moorhen in Full Voice
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Date & Time: 14 March 2004 11:49
Place: Birds Land Reserve, Belgrave South
Dusky Moorhens are amongst the most common water birds in my area. They were also amongst the most bold of the birds in the reserve.

Their body feathers are all black except for some white feathers on the underside of the tail. They have yellow tips of the beak with the rest of the beak and up the shield being red to orange. Their legs are interestingly colored, mainly orange with grey-green joints.

I think the last bird photo (above) is a nearly mature juvenile. It was still squeaking like some of the younger chicks that were around.

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