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Common moorhen - Gallinula chloropus

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.

Common Names

  • Common moorhen (en)
  • Gallineta común, Polla de agua (es)
  • Gallinule poule-d'eau (fr)
  • Teichralle (de)


  • Gruiformes
  • Rallidae
  • Gallinula chloropus

Where & When to Spot

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

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.


Common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

Common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

A couple of moorhen leaving the dense vegetation of the reed edge in search of food.

Park de la Frayère, Boucherville - 2017-05-27

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 400;

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