Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 288 - Tasmanian Native-hen

There are 12 endemic species found in (and only in) Tasmania.  One of these is the Tasmanian Native-hen (Tribonyx mortierii).  This bird is a large, flightless rail, and it used to be classified into the genus Gallinula, along with birds such as the Moorhen.  However, the tides of taxonomy have moved into a much smaller genus - which contains only one other living species.

It tells you a good deal about these birds that one of their common names is the "Turbo-Chook".  They are fast moving, noisy and often seem to be of ill temper with member of their own species, and the world in general.

I actually found them hard to photograph, and saw daily saw them on verges by the side of the road as I was going past, heading somewhere else.  On our last day in Tasmania I found some in that same habitat, and having a bit of time to waste while I waited for the ferry home I photographed them.

I rather like the urban background to these images.






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28 comments:

Missy George said...

They sound like our chickens..Wonderful pictures of them..It looks like they are confined by a chain linked fence...Happy Wednesday..Tuesday here

eileeninmd said...

Hello, great shots of the Native-hen! It does look like the Moorhen! Enjoy your day and week ahead!

Marie Smith said...

It has big feet! A noble looking bird!

Brian King said...

Very unique looking birds! This one kinda looks like an ill-tempered prison guard.

NatureFootstep said...

a proud looking bird very different from those I did see in Queensland :)

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
The very epitome of Angry Birds??? &*> cute all the same. YAM xx

David Gascoigne said...

Looks like a chicken in a cage!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Stewart!:) You native hen does have an angry look about him, but I like his upturned tail feathers, and his face although dark, reminds me of Corncrake.

Breathtaking said...

Correction, not YOUR Native hen, the Tasmanian Native hen!!!:)

Rhodesia said...

Interesting post, I did not know that these birds existed! Yes the background is quite effective :-) Cheers Diane

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

We could just as well call our invasive Swamphens "Turbo-Gallinules," as it is common to say they look like Purple Gallinules on steroids! No blue butt from Linky today, but will try to get back later to post a photo.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Handsome looking boys. Could hold their own in a bar fight I thinks.

Sharon Wagner said...

Nice hen. Definitely has a devilish look. Glad to have a bird in order to hook up with WBW. It's been awhile.

Ranten said...

Very interesting!

Andrea Priebe said...

Oh my, what big feet you have my dear ... and is the beak really green or are my eyes going bad. What fun, you must have had on this trip. This a good start for sharing your pictures. An ill-tempered bird, hmmmm ... not sure I have run across such a thing. Sorry you are back behind the desk ... your future holds more such trips, I hope :)

Andrea @ From the Sol

Betty Crow said...

This is a new bird for me. Interesting. Looks a little grumpy, yet a fine looking specimen.

Jo said...

Hi Stewart, what a beautiful bird. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for hosting this meme. I've linked up my contribution.Greetings Jo

Lea said...

Great photos!
Thanks for hosting this fun meme

photodoug said...

Stewart, interesting bird. Thanks for sharing.

Linda W. said...

You're right about the bird being grumpy - he looks none too pleased about you taking his picture! :)

Terri said...

My goodnesss, they look mad. I guess the red eyes don't help much either! Thanks for hosting!

A Colorful World said...

They are actually lovely birds. I think it's amusing that they seem to be in a bad mood with everyone around them. Perhaps there's something about beautiful Tasmania that gives rise to Tasmanian Devils and Tasmanian Tigers and these Angry Birds! :-)

Nora said...

Very unusual birds Stewart! He is really weird. He looks like he is made up of mixed up parts from other birds! cheers, Nora

Beth said...

What an interesting looking bird.

Linda said...

I love the name Turbo-Chook!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wonderful that you could finally get some photos. I loved learning the fun facts about the birds too.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Funny to read about their cranky personality.... what an unusual bird in so many ways!

Pat Tillett said...

Definitely a grouchy face, to match the grouchy demeanor.