Common Moorhen

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.

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