Jo Carswell S Tasmanian Native Hens


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  • Hello My Name is Jo. I am interested in Tasmanian Native Hens. They are difficult to capture and there has been little research done on these flightless birds.
  • My notes for this particular slide. Summary of what I am to talk about. They are cute. They are shy. They are hard to track.
  • Jo Carswell S Tasmanian Native Hens

    1. 1. Tasmanian Native Hens The Tassie Turbo Chook and why a Tasmanian AFL football team should be named after this unique endemic species.
    2. 2. About the Chook <ul><li>The Tasmanian Native-hen ( Gallinula mortierii ) is a flightless rail, one of twelve species of birds endemic to Tasmania. Although many flightless birds have a history of extinction at the hands of man, the Tasmanian Native-hen has actually benefited from the introduction of European style agricultural practices in Tasmania. </li></ul><ul><li>Other common names include Narkie, Native-hen, Waterhen and Turbo chook This species was originally described in 1840 as Tribonyx mortierii . The name mortierii is in honour of Barthemely Charles Joseph Dumortier. </li></ul><ul><li>The Tasmanian Native-hen is a stocky flightless bird between 43 and 51 centimetres in length. The upperparts are olive brown with a white patch on the flank. The underparts are darker with a bluish grey tinge. The short tail is close to black and mostly held erect. The legs are thick and powerful, with a grey scaly appearance and sharp claws. The eye is bright red. The bill has a small frontal shield and is a greenish yellow colour). </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    3. 3. More about the Chook -Distribution <ul><li>The Tasmanian Native-hen is a sedentary species, living around open grassy areas close to water. It is widespread in Tasmania apart from the west and south west regions. </li></ul><ul><li>It is not found on King or Flinders Islands in Bass Strait though Michael Sharland does record it as being on Flinders Island. A population introduced to Maria Island is now well established. It is generally common and easily seen around bodies of water that have grassy verges. </li></ul><ul><li>Fossil records indicate that the Tasmanian Native-hen was found on the Australian mainland until around 4700 years ago. Suggested reasons for its extinction there have included the introduction of the dingo or an extremely dry period. </li></ul><ul><li>Locally, the bird is often referred to as a 'turbo chook'. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    4. 4. Blog <ul><li>This is the link I used to my blog research topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Phinas Fancy@ </li></ul><ul><li>This is a blog I am following on a RSS feed. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
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    6. 6. The Case for naming a Tasmanian AFL Team after the Tasmanian Native Hen <ul><li>Parallels between the life of Tasmanian Hens and a proposed AFL team of Tasmanian men </li></ul><ul><li>Distribution –Native Hen not prevalent on West Coast of Tasmania possibly due to lack of grassy verges and grassy areas. (Interestingly there is only a gravel football oval on the West Coast of Tasmania). </li></ul><ul><li>Physique – Can run fast and w hite underneath flanks. Pushes around heavily with muscular flanks. The eyes are bright red. </li></ul><ul><li>Social Habits - Likes to hang around waterholes and </li></ul><ul><li>runs fast to hide when in trouble. Native hens are very social and make a number of calls including a loud, distinctive rasping ‘see-saw. * This call is often carried out in unison, with several birds joining in to produce a cacophony of noise. </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting References </li></ul><ul><li>(the supporting references given Here are linked to the outlined parallels on the left. </li></ul><ul><li> (see Slide 3) </li></ul><ul><li> (See Slide 2) </li></ul><ul><li>National Library of Australia; scanned images from Gould’s birds of Australia (See Slide 2) </li></ul><ul><li> (See Slide 5) </li></ul><ul><li>* birds/nathen.html </li></ul>