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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Extremely cute: Tasmanian Native Hen

info from Wikipedia: The Tasmanian Native-hen (Gallinula mortierii) is a flightless water hen, one of twelve species of birds endemic to Tasmania.
The Tasmanian Native-hen is a stocky flightless bird between 43 and 51 cm in length. The upperparts are olive brown with a white patch on the flank. The underparts are darker with a bluish grey tinge. The short tail is close to black and mostly held erect.The legs are thick and powerful, with a grey scaly appearance and sharp claws. The eye is bright red. The bill has a small frontal shield and is a greenish yellow colour.
Tasmanian Native-hen, Tasmania
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1 comment:

  1. Great photos! I liked seeing the water droplets falling from the bill in the second photo and the 'expression' on her face.