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This adult has entered breeding season, as indicated by the thickened red "shield" over the forehead.
Marshes and ponds throughout the eastern U.S., down through Mexico and Central America and South America.
Thanks, Liam! At last I had the scientific name correct, if not the common name. This is why common names are confusing! Still, I'll go ahead and change the common name to better reflect the recent changes.
Great spotting! This species was split from the Common Moorhen in July 2011 and is now called the Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata).
Lat: 28.03, Long: -82.59
Spotted on Mar 25, 2012 Submitted on Mar 29, 2012