Common Moorhen on West Island, Cocos-Keeling Islands, a new bird for Aus

Subject: Common Moorhen on West Island, Cocos-Keeling Islands, a new bird for Australia.
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2009 21:29:31 +1100
Peter Barrand responded to my request for information on their sightings with the news that they'd found an adult and immature Common Moorhen on Bechat Besar Swamp on West Island, Cocos. On the phone he said that the white flank stripe on the adult (absent in Dusky Moorhen) was very prominent. In the brief phone call I didn't have a chance to ask about leg colour, green rather than red in that species. Both species occur in Wallacea, but only the Common occurs west of there and the Dusky only to the east and south. Neither species has been seen on Cocos previously. He also reported the presence of 7 Saunders's Terns, a Javan Pond Heron, 3 Grey Wagtails, 20 Barn Swallows and 1 Asian form of Dollarbird.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136


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