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Porphyrio melanotus

Australasian Swamphen at Wonga Wetlands

Porphyrio melanotus at Wonga Wetlands - 14 Nov 2020
Porphyrio melanotus at Wonga Wetlands - 14 Nov 2020
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Porphyrio melanotus 31 Jan 2021 ChrisAllen
Unidentified 21 Nov 2020 Kyliegw

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Author's notes

I have racked my brains over this immautre bird and I'm still not sure. Purple Swamphen? It was boldly standing in the middle of this water - cleaning - not eating. There was a coot nearby, Black Swans, and Dusky Moorhen with its babies but none were paying attention to this bird. It was just waiting (to be eaten!).

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ChrisAllen wrote:
   31 Jan 2021
I think you're right with the Purple Swamphen Kylie. I've been putting off this one because its so odd. Pity field guides don't have illustrations of the awkward teenage years of birds.

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Nearby sightings

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Biziura lobata (Musk Duck) at Wonga Wetlands - 29 Nov 2020 by Kyliegw
Cygnus atratus (Black Swan) at Wonga Wetlands - 13 Nov 2020 by Kyliegw
Ardea alba (Great Egret) at Wonga Wetlands - 13 Nov 2020 by Kyliegw
Anas superciliosa (Pacific Black Duck) at Wonga Wetlands - 9 Nov 2020 by PaulF
Gallinula tenebrosa (Dusky Moorhen) at Wonga Wetlands - 2 Nov 2020 by PaulF
Cygnus atratus (Black Swan) at Wonga Wetlands - 15 Sep 2020 by WingsToWander

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  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 14 Nov 2020 08:00 AM Recorded on
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