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Alternative name: Rufous-tailed Waterhen; Rufous-tailed Bush-hen

Photo by kerriebr
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, September 2012
Amaurornis moluccana



Northern Australia, New Guinea, and several surrounding groups of islands including the Moluccas.


Formerly lumped within Plain Bush-hen, (A. olivacea).


There are 4 subspecies1:

  • A. m. moluccana:
  • Sangihe Island, Moluccas, Misool Island, western and northern New Guinea
  • A. m. nigrifrons:
  • A. m. ultima:
  • Eastern Solomon Islands
  • A. m. ruficrissa:
  • Southern and eastern New Guinea, and northern and eastern Australia


Moist lowland forests. Bush garden



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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