French: Marouette d’Australie German: Flusssumpfhuhn Spanish: Polluela australiana
Other common names: Australian Spotted Crake
New South Wales, Australia.
Australia and Tasmania.
19–23 cm; male 50–75 (65·5)g, female 50–61 (57)g, unsexed 57–81 (68)g; wingspan 27–33cm. Female somewhat smaller than male; also differs... read more
Poorly known. Common call a sharp, metallic double note. Also a chattering call similar to “... read more
Well vegetated margins of permanent or ephemeral freshwater, brackish or saline wetlands. Occurs at... read more
Food and feeding
Molluscs, crustaceans, adult and larval insects (Dermaptera, Orthoptera, Hemiptera, Coleoptera, Diptera, Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera including... read more
Aug–Apr, most Aug–Jan. Monogamous; pair-bond may be maintained outside breeding season; probably territorial when breeding.... read more
Possibly dispersive. No seasonal movements suggested; in some areas present all year, but in others... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Endemic to Australia, occurring mainly in SE & SW, and sparsely elsewhere. Locally rare to common. Habitat loss has occurred... read more
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