Breeding season: August to December, and in response to rain. Clutch size is five to seven. Usually breeds near water and breeds rapidly when conditions are favourable. Nest is cup-shape, made from stalks, twigs and leaves and lined with grasses and feathers.
Erect narrow black tail which is held folded.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
The Black-tailed Native-hen is nomadic, taking advantage of temporary wetlands. When breeding conditions are good, large numbers of birds may suddenly arrive in an area, breed and then disappear again.
Omnivore. Feeds on seeds, plant material and insects.
Found near permanent or ephemeral terrestrial wetlands in low rainfall areas, in both fresh and brackish waters.
Native to Australia