The Black-tailed Native-hen is a large dark bird, measuring about 38cm in length and weighing around 400g.
The plumage is mostly brownish-grey and green. It has an erect tail.
Its long legs and lower jaw are pink-orange and its eyes are a bright orange color.
Calls / Vocalizations
This species is not excessively vocal. Its alarm call is described as a 'kak' sound.
The Black-tailed Native-hen is common throughout Australia, where it has a wide range. It usually lives by permanent as well as intermittent water sources.
It is a rare vagrant to New Zealand.
The breeding season is usually b etween August and December.
The cup-shaped nest is situated in vegetation near water or swampland. The average clutch consists of 5-7 pale green eggs, which are incubated for approximately 20 days.
The Black-tailed Native-hen mostly feeds on insects, plant material and seeds. In farming areas, the Black-tailed Native-hen are considered crop pests as they are capable of causing considerable crop damage.
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
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