black-tailed native hen

noun

Definition of black-tailed native hen

: a large nomadic rail (Tribonyx ventralis synonym Gallinula ventralis) of inland Australia that has a distinctive greenish-blue bill, bright red legs, and an erect tail A small flock of black-tailed native hens normally found among reeds and swamps in the River Murray has moved in even before the vegetation has been properly established in the wetland.The Advertiser (Adelaide, Australia), 15 Nov. 1997

First Known Use of black-tailed native hen

1919, in the meaning defined above

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“Black-tailed native hen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black-tailed%20native%20hen. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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