Dusky Moorhen (species: Gallinula (Gallinula) tenebrosa) in Koreelah NP (Gaia Guide)
Gallinula (Gallinula) tenebrosa
Dusky Moorhen

©Arthur Chapman: Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula (Gallinula) tenebrosa)

©Alec Brennan: Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula (Gallinula) tenebrosa)

©Lip Kee Yap: Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula (Gallinula) tenebrosa)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Gruiformes
Family Rallidae
Genus Gallinula
Species Gallinula (Gallinula) tenebrosa
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The adult Dusky Moorhen is mainly dark grey-black, with a browner tinge to the upper parts. It has a red frontal shield and yellow-tipped red bill like its Eurasian relative, but lacks the white flank line shown by Common Moorhen, and has orange-yellow rather than yellow legs.

Sexes are similar, but young birds have mid-brown plumage. (Wikipedia)


  • From 35 cm to 38 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula (Gallinula) tenebrosa)

Distribution and habitat preferences

It occurs in Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesia. It is found in wetland habitats, with a preference for freshwater marshes. (Wikipedia)


It is generally omnivorous, taking a wide variety of plant and animal food. (Wikipedia)

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