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Common Gallinule

Gallinula galeata

Description:

Dark bird and a white beak. Notice on picture above the long toes that make its possible to walk on top of floating vegetation. Conservation status = Least Concern.

Notes:

Found at Lake Eola, downtown Orlando, Fl. Feeds on the shores.


6 Comments

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 2 years ago

Beautiful photo and spot.
I too am used to hearing them referred to as common moorhens. Thanks for keeping us up to date.

jansonjones
jansonjones 2 years ago

I'm a Florida rat and yes, this is not a coot (though I used to confuse the common names too)! I was fascinated to read about the taxonomic shift for the American population. I was about to pipe in that this was a common moorhen, Gallinula chloropus, then read that the American population is being split off to G. galeata. My reality changes again! Kudos to Donna and Gordon for being current!

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 2 years ago

Donna, HaHa! I love the way we were mimicking each other. We must think alike...grin.

DonnaPomeroy
DonnaPomeroy 2 years ago

Beautiful shot and way more distinguished than a coot.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 2 years ago

And, by the way, a very nice photograph!

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 2 years ago

Frank, I think you have here a Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata), which is a way "better" bird than an American Coot. See http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Commo... and see if you agree.

Orlando, Florida, USA

Lat: 28.54, Long: -81.37

Spotted on Mar 4, 2012
Submitted on Mar 4, 2012

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