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Common Moorhen

Common Murre
Common Merganser

About the Common Moorhen

Also known as: Moorhen, Common Gallinule, Waterhen, Common Waterhen

The Common Moorhen is a widespread species of rail. The North American Common Gallinule was split from this species in 2011. The Common Moorhen was formerly known as the Common Waterhen.

Common Moorhens have dark body plumage, with bright yellow legs and feet, and a prominent red facial shield. They nest in marshy environments and spend much of their time feeding on aquatic vegetation and small aquatic animals. Despite their affinity for water, and their excellent swimming ability, the toes of Common Moorhens are neither webbed nor lobed.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 01 December 2011
Scientific Name Gallinula chloropus
  • Gruiformes
  • Rallidae
  • Gallinula
  • G. chloropus
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 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
12.6 to 13.8 inches
21.3 to 24.4 inches
10.9 to 16.1 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa

International Names

  • frango-d’água-comum (Brazilian)
  • slípka tristanská (Czech)
  • Grønbenet Rørhøne (Danish)
  • Waterhoentje (Dutch)
  • liejukana (Finnish)
  • Gallinule poule-d'eau (French)
  • Teichhuhn (German)
  • Sciabica (Italian)
  • トリスタンバン (ban) (Japanese)
  • 쇠물닭 (Korean)
  • Sivhøne (Norwegian)
  • kokoszka zwyczajna (Polish)
  • Камышница (Russian)
  • Gallineta Común (Spanish)
  • Rörhöna (Swedish)

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