Black-tailed Native-hen (species: Tribonyx ventralis) in Uluru (Gaia Guide)
Tribonyx ventralis
Black-tailed Native-hen

©Leo: Black-tailed Native-hen (Tribonyx ventralis)

©David Jenkins: Black-tailed Native-hen (Tribonyx ventralis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Gruiformes
Family Rallidae
Genus Tribonyx
Species Tribonyx ventralis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The Black-tailed Nativehen is a large dark bird. This species possesses an erect tail and is endowed almost entirely with brownish-grey and green feathers. Its long legs and lower jaw are a striking pink-orange colour, as well as its eyes which are more of a bright orange colour. (Wikipedia)


  • From 32 cm to 36 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Adults


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Black-tailed Native-hen (Tribonyx ventralis)

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is native to Australia and New Zealand. This species is nomadic, following seasonal water sources. It is found year round living near fresh and brackish water. (Wikipedia)


This species' diet consists of insects, plant material and seeds. In farming areas, the Black-tailed Native-hen is capable of causing crop damage. (Wikipedia)

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