Long billed rich reddish breast, gray face, black streaks on lower flanks and back.
The Tasmanian Native-hen is a flightless rail. I was excited to see them in a field, and later this one in a small town that was used to people.
The Swamphen is a gorgeous bird in the sunlight!
I'd seen the Eurasian Coot in Europe. It was quite common in botanical gardens in Melbourne and Adelaide.
The Dusky Moorhen looks like it has a piece of candy corn for a beak! It's a typically noisy Australian bird, and very protective of its babies when other birds, like gulls, got too close.
The rails, or Rallidae, are a large cosmopolitan family of small- to medium-sized birds. The family exhibits considerable diversity and also includes the crakes, coots, and gallinules. Many species are associated with wetlands, although the family is found in every terrestrial habitat except dry deserts, polar regions, and alpine areas above the snow line. Members of the Rallidae occur on every continent except Antarctica. There are numerous island species. The most common rail habitats are marshland...