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Photo by peterday
Laratinga Wetlands, Mt Barker Australia, July 2017
Zapornia tabuensis

Identification

Juvenile
Photo by Ken Doy
Cleveland, Queensland, January 2018

15–18 cm (6-7 in)

  • Lead grey head and underparts swith bluish iridescence
  • Dark brown upperparts
  • Undertail black barred with white
  • B bill
  • Red eye, eye–ring and legs

Distribution

The Philippines to Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, and large parts of Oceania.

Taxonomy

Placed in genus Porzana by IOC.

Subspecies

There are 4 subspecies[1]:

Habitat

Dense vegetation at the edge of freshwater or saline wetlands.

Behaviour

Shy and elusive.

Diet

Their main diet consists of molluscs and other crustaceans; and both adult and larval insects.

Breeding

Monogamous.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Jan 2018)

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