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Common Gallinule

Gallinula galeata


12 to 15 inch rail type water birds, mostly brown and black with some white markings in plumage color. Bright red beak on the males


Man-made lake in a reclamation plant. Everglades like. All natural area.


AshleyT 8 years ago

They did used to be the Lesser Moorhen. They are always splitting species apart and lumping some together, have to keep you on your toes somehow I guess :)

Mick G
Mick G 8 years ago

I did not know there had been a change since I learned the name. Thank you. I had actually been told from tours in the everglades that they had once been Lesser Moorhens. Thanks for the new information. Honestly I had not read the entire link because I thought I knew the name.

AshleyT 8 years ago

If you read the reference link that you used, you will see that common moorhens are not found in North America, they are only in the old world. Back in 2011 they split them and there is only the common gallinule in the Americas now :)

Mick G
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Mick G

Delray Beach, Florida, USA

Spotted on Mar 4, 2014
Submitted on Mar 4, 2014

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