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Common Gallinule

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About the Common Gallinule

Also known as: American Moorhen, Common Moorhen

The Common Gallinule is a common species of rail that lives across parts of North America, mainly in the east and south. The species was split from the Common Moorhen in 2011.

Common Gallinules have dark body plumage, with yellow legs and a bright red facial shield. They are very good swimmers, preferring to nest in marshy environments. Despite their affinity for water, Common Gallinule feet are neither webbed or lobed.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 08 December 2011
Scientific Name Gallinula galeata
  • Gruiformes
  • Rallidae
  • Gallinula
  • G. galeata
Birdorable Family Rails, Cranes & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
14 inches
21 inches
11 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Gallinule d'Amérique (French)
  • Amerikanisches Teichhuhn (German)
  • kokoszka amerykańska (Polish)
  • Tagüita del norte (Spanish)
  • Amerikansk rörhöna (Swedish)