It squawks and whinnies from thick cover in marshes and ponds from Canada to Chile, peeking in and out of vegetation. It is easily recognised from its red bill and prominent shield against a blackish plumage (above). Underneath the tail (undertail coverts) are white and there is a white line along the flank. The Common Gallinule swims like a duck and walks atop floating vegetation like a rail with its long and slender toes. More ID Info. 8 eggs. chick. Сommon moorhens are monogamous and territorial. About a month ago I witnessed ‘three generations’ of Purple Gallinules mob one small ‘Common Gallinule’ (just like your Moorhen) — the little black baby broke away three times but eventually a juvenile caught it for the final time. Find This Bird. BABY NAME. This species was formerly called the Common Moorhen and is closely related to moorhen species in the Old World. Playamart - Zeebra Designs October 25, 2020 at 10:14 pm. This boldly marked rail has a brilliant red shield over the bill and a white racing stripe down its side. It lives around well-vegetated marshes, ponds, canals, etc. Both sexes: Black with a white tail and red bill and forehead. The common moorhen is more closely related to cranes and rails than to ducks or chickens, even though they swim like ducks and peck for seeds like chickens. BABY CARRYING. The common moorhen in particular migrates up to 2,000 km from some of its breeding areas in the colder parts of Siberia. The juvenile is dark brown and pale below, with an olive bill and without the prominent shield (below). Their nest is a wide shallow cup made with dead vegetation and lined with grass and leaves. Allan Teo recently spent over three hours in a rice field in Malaysia observing a family of Common Moorhens. (Common) Moorhen. The Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) is a bird of wetlands. The Common Moorhen or Common Gallinule (Gallinula chloropus) is a bird in the Rail family with an almost worldwide distribution. Range map provided by Birds of the World Explore Maps. × The Moorhen appears mostly black, but a closer look reveals blackish-brown upperparts and grey-black below. Moorhens are distinctive birds found around the world. The Gough moorhen on the other hand is considered almost flightless; it can only flutter some metres. The species is not found in the polar regions, or many tropical rainforests. They form pair-bonds that may last for several years. The Common Gallinule is most likely to make its presence known vocally first, but don't worry, this rail is easier to see than most. The bill and frontal shield (forehead) is red, the bill having a yellow tip. Pairs nest solitarily usually on top of thick mats of aquatic plants but may also nest in trees, shrubs, or on the ground in dense vegetation. Those that migrate do so at night. 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