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An old photo…
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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evita, bird, nature, birds, eastern swamphen, australia

Comments

  • Evita
    Evitaover 3 years ago

  • jatro
    jatroover 3 years ago

    So beautiful, like a blue ball, so cute!!! :)

  • Thank you Mike, very kind!!! ☺♥

    – Evita

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 3 years ago

    gorgeous capture!

  • Thank you Cheryl very much !!! ☺♥

    – Evita

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...over 3 years ago

    Great color! What an interesting guy!

  • Thank you Kim !!! ☺♥

    – Evita

  • bazcelt
    bazceltover 3 years ago

    they are great birds. Also a close relative in New Zealand. Well done’

  • Thank you kindly, they’re not very attractive, but they’re colourful!!! ☺♥

    – Evita

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    Great shot Evita. You really got the chest colour to light up. Well done Mate.

  • Thank you Al, delighted you like it !!! ☺♥

    – Evita

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 3 years ago

    Great capture, I have never seen one before…

  • Thank you Carol, they are native birds !!! ☺♥

    – Evita

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 3 years ago

    very good photo, we captured

  • Thank you very much !!! ☺♥

    – Evita

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 3 years ago

    Great shot – I love these birds, I saw lots of them when I visited Australia

  • Thank you missmoneypenny, they’re not pretty but I love their colours !!! ☺♥

    – Evita

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

    First time I’ve seen one of these,,,, a beautiful bird but the size of the feet! :-) Great capture, Evita !

  • Thank you !!! ☺♥
    I know… lucky they don’t need shoes LOL

    – Evita

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