Saturday 14 October 2017


The Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa) is a medium-sized, dark grey-black water bird with a white undertail. It has a red bill with a yellow tip and a red facial shield. Young birds are much duller and browner than adults, with a greenish bill and face shield. It is found from Indonesia through New Guinea to Australia. It is widespread in eastern and south-western Australia, ranging from Cooktown to eastern South Australia and in the southern corner of Western Australia. 

Dusky Moorhens are found in wetlands, including swamps, rivers, and artificial waterways. They prefer open water and water margins with reeds, rushes and waterlilies, but may be found on grasses close to water such as parks, pastures and lawns. The Dusky Moorhen has been favoured by artificial water sources such as dams, ponds and lakes in parks and gardens and associated grassy areas. However, wetland drainage in other areas may have negative impacts.

These birds feed in the water and on land on algae, water plants and grasses, as well as seeds, fruits, molluscs and other invertebrates. They will also eat carrion (dead animals) and the droppings of other birds. They do not dive when feeding; its tail is always visible above the water when upended. 

During breeding season, the Dusky Moorhen forms breeding groups of two to seven birds, with all members defending territory, building nests and looking after young. The shallow platform nests are made of reeds and other water plants over water, among reeds or on floating platforms in open water. Two or more females will lay their eggs in the same nest and all members of the group help to incubate the eggs and feed the young.

This post is part of the Weekend Reflections meme,
and also part of the Saturday Critters meme,
and also part of the I'd Rather Be Birdin' meme,
and also part of the Camera Critters meme.


  1. Hello Nick, it is cool seeing the Moorhen on the nest. She is keeping a watchful eye on her eggs too. Great photos. I appreciate you joining in with my 200th Critter party. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  2. Oh, these shots are just so precious! I love it! What a great find!

  3. I love seeing new species...especially from "down under"! Since I will probably never make it there in person... I can really enjoy your photos!

  4. Great post of the nesting moorhen. Nice pics too.

  5. Great photos. Maybe the stone is not the best place for the nesting...

  6. Wonderful photo of the moorhen on her nest.

  7. What an amazing sighting of the Moorhen on the nest! Wow! They are beautiful birds!

  8. Wow!! How thrilling to see!
    Thanks for linking in & sharing this. Your participation at I'd rather b birdin' is always a welcomed addition!

  9. Your blog is very useful for me.I really like you post.Thanks for sharing.


  10. Maybe the stone is not the best place for the nesting...



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