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Black-tailed Native-hen

(Tribonyx [Gallinula] ventralis)
Alternate name(s): "Black-tailed Water-hen", "Black-tailed Gallinule", "Barcoo Bantam", "Swamphen*"
Aboriginal name(s): "gulbuwi" [yuwaalaraay]; "ngalyan", "belgarbedjal" (WA)

Size: 32-38 cm
Weight: 400 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Black-tailed Native-hen at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Lateral view of an adult Black-tailed Native-hen with its tail erect
[Burren Junction Bore Bath, NSW, December 2015]

Lateral view of a Black-tailed Native-hen; when not excited or wary, the tail usually stays down
[Burren Junction Bore Bath, NSW, December 2015]

Lateral view of a Black-tailed Native-hen (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Loch McNess, Yanchep NP, near Perth, WA, January 2015]

Lateral view of a Black-tailed Native-hen feeding in the shallow water of a mudflat
[Macquarie Marshes NR, NSW, April 2011]

Lateral view of a Black-tailed Native-hen in sunny conditions
[Macquarie Marshes NR, NSW, April 2011]

Here the same Black-tailed Native-hen as above, now in a shady area
[Macquarie Marshes NR, NSW, April 2011]

Black-tailed Native-hens walking across a mudflat
[Lake Altiboulka, NSW, September 2012]

Dorsal view of a Black-tailed Native-hen (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Loch McNess, Yanchep NP, near Perth, WA, January 2015]

Dorsal view of a Black-tailed Native-hen
[Lake Altiboulka, NSW, September 2012]

Black-tailed Native-hens trying to find cover after discovering that they were being observed from across a creek
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, October 2011]

Here they have changed into second gear (photo courtesy of R. Druce)
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, October 2011]

These Black-tailed Native-hens are trekking across a stubble field
[Near Walgett, NSW, June 2012]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Close-up lateral view of an immature Black-tailed Native-hen; note the inconspicuous colours of the bill
[Near Walgett, NSW, June 2012]

Two immature Black-tailed Native-hens seen foraging in a ditch along a roadside; note the absence of white spots on the flanks
[Macquarie Marshes NR, NSW, April 2011]

Dorsal view of an immature Black-tailed Native-hen in flight
[Near Walgett, NSW, June 2012]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Communal Mobility: Dispersive/irruptive Elementary unit: Clan/flock

Black-tailed Native-hens usually prefer to evade potential predators by scurrying away into cover, but they are perfectly capable of flight.

Black-tailed Native-hens making their way into denser cover to evade the observer
[Burren Junction Bore Bath, NSW, December 2015]

Black-tailed Native-hen in low flight above water
[Burren Junction Bore Bath, NSW, December 2015]

Food, Diet

Black-tailed Native-hens have a varied diet of both plant material and small animals.

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

Black-tailed Native-hens are usually silent, except when disturbed.

bltnhen_20151222.mp3 (NW NSW) Warning calls MD

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