French: Gallinule sombre German: Papuateichhuhn Spanish: Gallineta enlutada
New South Wales and South Australia#R
Subspecies and Distribution
G. t. frontata
Wallace, 1863 – Sulawesi through Sula Is (Taliabu), S Moluccas and Lesser Sundas to W & SE New Guinea.
G. t. neumanni
E. J. O. Hartert, 1930 – N New Guinea.
G. t. tenebrosa
Gould, 1846 – Australia and Tasmania.
35–40 cm (New Guinea birds 25–32 cm); nominate 336–720 (525) g, neumanni 290–370 (333) g; wingspan 55–65 cm. Darker and more uniform in... read more
Territorial advertising call a raucous, crowing “kurk”; calls sometimes repeated or run together.... read more
Inhabits permanent or ephemeral wetlands, usually freshwater but sometimes brackish or saline:... read more
Food and feeding
Vegetable matter, including algae, and vegetative parts, seeds and fruits of plants of: Azollaceae, Hydrocharitaceae, Potomogetonaceae,... read more
Sulawesi, possibly Apr, downy young Mar; Seram, juvenile, May; New Guinea, small young May–Jun; Australia, Aug–Mar. Territorial... read more
In Australia sedentary, nomadic or dispersive, possibly partly migratory. Apparently occurs... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). In Australia, nominate race widespread and common in E and inland range is expanding: small population recently established in N... read more
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