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Eastern Swamphen

Evita

Joined September 2008

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Eastern Swamphen (Porphyrio Melanotus)

Featured in The World As We See It , or as we missed it Group, May 2011

Distribution
The Australian Mainland generally (whenever conditions are suitable) expect in WA south of Fortescue River; also in Tasmania and many other islands.

Notes
In pairs or in flocks, frequenting reedy margins and flats of rivers, backwaters, and swamps. It sometimes congregates in large flocks.
The call is loud and resonant.

Food
Grass, aquatic plants and freshwater molluscs.

Nest
Open, composed of reeds, rushes and other plant material; placed on a plataform of broken down reeds or in a tussock.

Eggs
Five to seven, pale brown to creamy brown, with pots of purplish-brown and faint markings of slate-gray.

Breeding Season
August to December or January


INFORMATION FROM THE BOOK***
What Bird Is That?
Cayley’s classic guide to the birds of Australia
***Field Edition*

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