Common Gallinule

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 08 December 2011
Scientific Name
Gallinula galeata
  • Gruiformes
  • Rallidae
  • Gallinula
  • G. galeata
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
14 inches
21 inches
11 ounces


International Names

French (Français) Gallinule d'Amérique
German (Deutsch) Amerikanisches Teichhuhn
Polish (Polski) kokoszka amerykańska
Spanish (Español) Tagüita del norte
Swedish (Svenska) Amerikansk rörhöna
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