Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Least Concern

Tasmanian Native-hen (Tribonyx mortierii)


Taxonomy

French: Gallinule de Tasmanie German: Grünfuß-Pfuhlhuhn Spanish: Gallineta de Tasmania
Taxonomy:

Tribonyx mortierii

Du Bus de Gisignies

, 1840,

Tasmania

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Tasmania.

Introduced to Maria I (off E Tasmania).

Descriptive notes

42–51 cm; male (mean) 1334 g, female (mean) 1251 g. Large, thickset, flightless rail, rather bantam-like, with long, narrow tail, and stout bill and legs; conspicuous,... read more

Voice

Characteristic aggressive call of pairs is loud, rasping, antiphonal “see-saw”. Also... read more

Habitat

Open pasture, grassland, crops (newly sown cereals or legumes) and other cleared land round... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly seeds and leaves of: Poaceae, Cyperaceae, Restionaceae, Juncaceae, Polygonaceae, Portulaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Brassicaceae,... read more

Breeding

Jul–Jan, usually Aug–Nov; determined by rainfall, as dependent on fresh young plant growth. Monogamous or polygamous, usually... read more

Movements

Sedentary, but some groups recorded as disappearing in summer. Many young disperse from natal area... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Distribution has not changed substantially in recent past, although has expanded into newly opened land. Introduced to Maria I in... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2019). Tasmanian Native-hen (Tribonyx mortierii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/53693 on 23 August 2019).