OtherGallinula tenebrosa

Dusky Moorhen at Lake Burley Griffin Central/East

Gallinula tenebrosa at Lake Burley Griffin Central/East - 7 Dec 2017

Identification history

Other Gallinula tenebrosa 20 Dec 2017 ChrisDavey
Other Gallinula tenebrosa 16 Dec 2017 ChrisDavey
Other Fulica atra 10 Dec 2017 Alison Milton1.6K

Author's notes

One adult and three chicks.

2 comments

ChrisDavey wrote:
   14 Dec 2017
I am not very experienced at the id of chicks of this species but looking at the pictures in HANZAB I would id these as Dusky Moorhen rather than Coot chicks. Coot chicks have a black tip to the bill and Dusky Moorhen do not otherwise the chicks are very similar. Alison, did you see the chicks being fed? Chris
Alison Milton1.6K wrote:
   14 Dec 2017
Hi Chris, you now have me questioning my memory. I remember thinking at the time that it was coot. There were no other birds around, only the one adult and the three chicks following into the reeds. I didn't get a photo of the adult as she dropped down into the weir, while the chicks stayed up top. However, checking other photos they do look more like Dusky moorhen chicks.

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

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  • 7 Dec 2017 Recorded on
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