Common Moorhen

Common Moorhen
English Common Name
Common Moorhen
Scientific name
Gallinula chloropus
Order: Gruiformes, Family: Rallidae
About 32 cm
Species Distribution
Southern Mainland Europe, Southern Asia, Africa, Madagascar Islands, Southern North America, northern and middle parts of South America
Okinawan Common Name
This species is residing in Okinawa. Its legs are thick with long toes which allow the bird to walk in morasses. The forehead, where lined with its beak, has a red shield.

Updated November 2017

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