Common Moorhen – Juveniles watching a passerbyGallinula chloropus
July – Texas
L=14” ...... WS=21”...... WT=11 oz
Order: Gruiformes (Rails, Cranes, and Allies)
Family: Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules and Coots)
Common Moorhens have large feet and very long toes allowing them to walk on floating plants and very soft soil on shorelines and in marshes. Even though their feet lack lobes or webs they swim well.
They nest near emergent vegetation close to relatively open water. The young lack the bright colors of the mature bird and typically stay close to the parent and the nest while learning to forage.