One of Tasmania's least colourful endemics is the Tasmanian Native-hen (Gallinula mortierii). This flightless bird is closely resulted to Moorhens. Its about 45 cm long and can generally been seen dashing about from patches of cover.
Luckily for me these birds seemed a little more relaxed than some and were more willing to show than most of the others I saw. This could be due to the fact that they were outside I coffee shop that also sold ice-cream!
As you can see the chicks are of such supreme ugliness that you can't help but like them!
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