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Common Gallinule

Gallinula galeata


Black, gray, white and brown waterbird with candy corn bill that's orange and yellow. The legs are also orange and yellow. The feet are yellow and lack webbing.


Sandy Lake at Kit Carson Park


The AOU voted to change the taxonomy of the America's Common Moorhen to the Common Gallinule, Gallinula galeata. "Both parents incubate and feed the young. These fledge after 40–50 days, become independent usually a few weeks thereafter, and may raise their first brood the next spring. When threatened, the young may cling to the parents' body, after which the adult birds fly away to safety, carrying their offspring with them." - Wikipedia

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CindyBinghamKeiser 12 years ago

Thank you for the info and link! I find it interesting how many taxonomy changes are made with only some buy-in.

Harrier 12 years ago

Many authorities have split the Common Moorhen into two species: Common Moorhen in Europe, and Common Gallinule in the Americas. Gallinula galeata.

CindyBinghamKeiser 12 years ago

Thanks Gerardo!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 12 years ago

Wow wonderful Cindy!

Escondido, California, USA

Spotted on Mar 25, 2012
Submitted on Mar 26, 2012

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