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Resident in small
numbers. A black or dark slate-grey waterbird with a white frontal shield
above a white bill. Dives in deeper water for food. Has grey legs and
feet with large, lobed toes. Breeds in reedbeds. Skitters across water
Voice: loud 'kerk',
'pit-pit' contact calls.
1: 'kerk' calls, then contact calls
Call 2: birds chasing across the water,
then 'kerk' calls
Dusky Moorhen has a red frontal shield and bill, tipped yellow; under-edges
of tail white. Purple Swamphen is much bigger, has an all-red frontal
shield and bill, deep-blue head and body, all-white undertail.
sounds courtesy Merilyn Browne.