Common Moorhen

Scientific Name: Gallinula chloropus
Common Name: Common Moorhen
Other Name: Waterhen or Swamp chicken

Identifying Features: dark brown-black body, white untertail,  yellow legs, front portion of head is red, red beak with yellow tip.

Fun Facts:

  • They are often secretive, but can become tame in some areas. Despite loss of habitat in parts of its range, the common moorhen remains plentiful and widespread.
  • When threatened, the young may cling to the parents’ body, after which the adult birds fly away to safety, carrying their offspring with them.


This image was clicked by Monkey Boy – via Flickr.

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