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Pale-vented Bush-hen

(Amaurornis moluccana)
Alternate name(s): "Bush-hen", "Brown Rail", "Rufous-tailed Moorhen", "Rufous-tailed Waterhen", "Rufous-tailed Bush-hen"
Size: 24-28 cm
Weight: 150-210 g

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Pale-vented Bush-hen at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "ruficrissus"


Sex unknown


Lateral view of an adult Pale-vented Bush-hen; note the absence of a small red shield, which indicates that this bird is not breeding (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Iron Range NP, QLD, December 2018]

Lateral view of an adult Pale-vented Bush-hen foraging by the edge of a creek (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Iron Range NP, QLD, December 2018]

Adult Pale-vented Bush-hen with a chick "exploring suburbia" (photo courtesy of B. Collett)
[Edge Hill, Cairns, QLD, February 2016]


Near-dorsal view of a juvenile Pale-vented Bush-hen (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Botanical Gardens, Brisbane, QLD, June 2017]

Pale-vented Bush-hen chick checking out the interior of a garage (photo courtesy of B. Collett)
[Edge Hill, Cairns, QLD, February 2016]


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.

bushhen_ls_20161226.mp3 ruficrissus
Territorial calls © LS
bushhen_bc_2415.mp3 ruficrissus
? (Immature???) © BC

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