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more bird, than chicken

Updated: Nov 14, 2021

When is a chicken not a chicken; & more like a bird. The response in this case seemed to be "when it walks on water (or more like walks on a lily pad, on water".

Please don't misunderstand. A chicken is a bird. One of the features that differentiate it from most other birds is that it has a comb and two wattles. And apparently in the ancient language of Latin, gallus means comb, and the domestic chicken is Gallus domesticus.

But this fella, the white-breasted waterhen (or amaurornis phoenicurus), spotted this morning looks, reacts and "feels" more bird than the ones at KFC. This one washes its food before eating (see below).

Why? Well, to begin with these chaps are crepuscular, for the most part. Cre-what? Well, a crepuscular animal is one that is active primarily during the twilight period; as opposed to diurnal and nocturnal behaviour, where an animal is active during the hours of daylight and of darkness, respectively. Some crepuscular animals may also be active by moonlight or during an overcast day. Matutinal animals are active only before sunrise, and vespertine only after sunset. Mainly for food we suspect.

This specimen was spotted in a Lily Pond, alone. It was foraging, walking often on the lily pads themselves. Its tail was held up and has a rather jerky gait - much like a chicken.Suspect its diet comprises insects, small fish (which was seen on a number of occasions being washed, yes washed in water).

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!

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