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Tasmanian Native-hen Gallinula mortierii
2009-06-30 23:16:20

The Tasmanian Native-hen (Gallinula mortierii) is a flightless rail, one of twelve species of birds common to the Australian island of Tasmania. Other common names include Narkie, Native-hen, and Waterhen. Locally, the bird is often referred to as a 'turbo chook'. This species was originally described in 1840 as Tribonyx mortierii. The name mortierii is in honor of Barthélemy Charles...

Black-tailed Native-hen
2008-12-26 19:34:28

The Black-tailed Native-hen (Gallinula ventralis)is a species of bird in the rail family, Rallidae. It is native to Australia and New Zealand. This species is nomadic, following seasonal water sources. It is found year round living near fresh and brackish water. It is very common in Australia and has a wide range. The Black-tailed Native-hen is a large dark bird, reaching about 15 inches in...

Dusky Moorhen
2008-12-26 19:23:43

The Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa) is a species of bird in the rail family Rallidae. It is found in Australia, New Guinea and Indonesia. Its habitat is wetlands with a preference for freshwater marshes. It will forage on rubbish tips, and is generally omnivorous, taking a wide variety of plant and animal food. In Indonesia, this species is declining due to competition from the closely...

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'