French: Gallinule de Tasmanie German: Grünfuß-Pfuhlhuhn Spanish: Gallineta de Tasmania
Du Bus de Gisignies, 1840,
Introduced to Maria I (off E Tasmania).
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
Characteristic aggressive call of pairs is loud, rasping, antiphonal “see-saw”. Also... read more
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
Jul–Jan, usually Aug–Nov; determined by rainfall, as dependent on fresh young plant growth. Monogamous or polygamous, usually... read more
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
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