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Common moorhen Gallinula chloropus

Common moorhen Gallinula chloropus

Aves > Gruiformes > Rallidae

Names in different Languages

EnglishCommon moorhen
FrenchGallinule poule-d'eau
SpanishGallineta común, Polla de agua


Lives in well-vegetated marshlands like marshes, lakes and ponds. Wintering South where the lakes aren’t freezing. This species consumes a variety of vegetables and small aquatic creatures.

How to Identify

The frontal shield is a distinguishable characteristic of this species. The bird’s plumage is dark, mostly black, brown wings and a few white feathers on the side.

Where When to Spot

I observed this species only once, late spring in Park De La Frayere, Boucherville.



2017-05-27Parc de la Frayère

Last updated on 2023-01-17. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.