Definition of native hen in English:

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native hen


A moorhen found in Australia, with mainly dark plumage and a greenish bill. Also called waterhen or gallinule.
  • Genus Gallinula, family Rallidae: G. ventralis of Australia and G. mortierii of Tasmania
Example sentences
  • The Tasmanian native hen is a flightless rail endemic to Tasmania, which exhibits frequent mate sharing by males and occasional joint nesting by females.
  • In addition, juvenile native hens assist with the raising and protection of their brothers and sisters.
  • Now endemic to Tasmania, the native hen once occupied large areas of southeastern Australia.
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