Australasian Swamphen (species: Porphyrio melanotus) in Royal NP (Gaia Guide)
Porphyrio melanotus
Australasian Swamphen

©Geoff Whalan: Australasian Swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus)

©Alec Brennan: Australasian Swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus)

©Tony Morris: Australasian Swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Gruiformes
Family Rallidae
Genus Porphyrio
Species Porphyrio melanotus



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 50 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 100 cm


Similar taxa


Distribution and habitat preferences

It is a species of swamphen occurring in eastern Indonesia, the Moluccas, Aru and Kai Islands, as well as in Papua New Guinea and Australia. It is also found in New Zealand. (Wikipedia)

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