Common Moorhen

Gallinula chloropus - Gallinule poule-d'eau

Systematics
  • Order 
    :

    Gruiformes

  • Family
    :

    Rallidés

  • Genus
    :

    Gallinula

  • Species
    :

    chloropus

Descriptor

Linnaeus, 1758

Biometrics
  • Size
    : 38 cm
  • Wingspan
    : 50 à 55 cm.
  • Weight
    : 260 à 373 g
Longevity

15 years

Geographic range

Distribution

Description identification

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) is a species of bird in the Rallidae family.

Subspecific information 5 Subspecies

  • Gallinula chloropus chloropus (Europe and n Africa to Japan and se Asia)
  • Gallinula chloropus meridionalis (Africa south of the Sahara, St. Helena)
  • Gallinula chloropus pyrrhorrhoa (Madagascar, Réunion, Mauritius and Comoros Is.)
  • Gallinula chloropus orientalis (Seychelles, Andamans, Malay Pen., Indonesia and Philippines)
  • Gallinula chloropus guami (n Mariana Is.)

Foreign names

  • Gallinule poule-d'eau,
  • Gallineta Común,
  • Galinha-d'água,
  • Teichhuhn,
  • Vízityúk,
  • Waterhoen,
  • Gallinella d'acqua,
  • Rörhöna,
  • Sivhøne,
  • sliepočka vodná,
  • slípka zelenonohá,
  • Grønbenet Rørhøne,
  • liejukana,
  • Grootwaterhoender,
  • polla d'aigua comuna,
  • Sefhæna,
  • kokoszka (zwyczajna),
  • ūdensvistiņa,
  • zelenonoga tukalica,
  • Камышница,
  • Mandar batu,
  • バン,
  • *黑水鸡,
  • นกอีล้ำ,
  • 紅冠水雞〔黑水雞〕,

Voice song and cries

Habitat

Gallinule poule-d'eau
adult post breeding

Wetlands (inland) : Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls), Shrub Dominated Wetlands, Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands, Permanent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha), Seasonal/Intermittent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha), Permanent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha), Seasonal/Intermittent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha), Permanent Inland Deltas, Permanent Saline, Brackish or Alkaline Marshes/Pools ; Marine Coastal/Supratidal : Coastal Brackish/Saline Lagoons/Marine Lakes, Coastal Freshwater Lakes ; Artificial/Aquatic and Marine : Water Storage Areas (over 8ha), Ponds (below 8ha), Irrigated Land (includes irrigation channels), Canals and Drainage Channels, Ditches

Geographic range

Illustration

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Sources of information

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