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common gallinule

Gallinula galeata

Description:

•Dark, with white flank stripe. •Red bill and forehead.

Habitat:

Freshwater or brackish marshes with tall emergent vegetation, ponds, canals, and rice fields

Notes:

The Common Gallinule has long toes that makes it possible to walk on soft mud and floating vegetation. The toes have no lobes or webbing to help in swimming, but the moorhen is a good swimmer anyway.

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SusanEllison
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SusanEllison

Texas, USA

Spotted on May 4, 2013
Submitted on May 8, 2013

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