Thursday, July 31, 2008

Tasmanian Native Hen

Tasmania has a native hen which, unfortunately, has a habit of running across the road in front of cars. Interestingly, it is supposed to be really bad tasting and therefore the birds were not and are not hunted for food much. This has given them enough of an advantage to survive and they are still running around the island. I don't know whether or not they were ever domesticated for egg laying, but I found them interesting little birds.

This photo of a native hen was taken at an animal sanctuary where the birds were roaming around, and because they were a little used to people, I could get closer than in the wild.

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