Dusky MoorhenScientific name: Gallinula tenebrosa
Distribution: Found in the south west of Western Australia with outlying populations around Esperance, Dampier and Port Hedland. Widespread in the eastern states.
Description: Up to 40cm long with a 65cm wingspan.
Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 286km. The oldest bird recorded was still alive when its band was read in February 1974, 8 years 11.8 months after being banded (information as at 20 December 2017).
References: Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.
What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978
Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/science/abbbs/abbbs-search.html