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Common Moorhen

Gallinula chloropus


Common Moorhen: Medium, chicken-like marsh bird with gray-brown back and slate-gray head, neck, breast, and belly. Upper flanks show distinct white line. Yellow-tipped red bill is short with red frontal plate extending onto forehead. Tail is white below. Long legs and unwebbed feet are yellow-green.


This bird was not afraid of the air boat, but it sure did move fast when an alligator moved in close by!

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Common Moorhen
Gallinula chloropus Common Moorhen
Liam 10 years ago
Common Gallinule
Gallinula galeata Common Gallinule

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Lafitte, Louisiana, USA

Spotted on May 4, 2012
Submitted on Jun 2, 2012

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