Breeds July-December. A bowl shaped nest is constructed on a platform of trampled reeds, water ribbons and cumbungi. All family members including previous young assist with the incubation and care of the young.
Deep blue/black head, purple/blue neck and breast, dark back and wings with a very prominent scarlet bill.
Widespread in eastern and coastal north-eastern Australia, also Tasmania. Less common in coastal northern Australia. Extends inland when conditions are suitable.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
The long toes are used to grasp food while eating.
Omnivore, eating reed and rush shoots which are pulled out of the water, frogs and snails. Will also eat waterbird eggs and ducklings.
Well vegetated wetlands, lakes, dams or rivers with grassy margins, trees, scrub or introduced willows.
Native to Australia