Common Moorhen or Common Gallinule Gallinula chloropus

Status: Common breeding resident. Numbers of breeding pairs on the rise.

Local Habitat: Ponds with dense vegetation where they can quickly take cover. Cattails around ponds and marshes are particularly favoured.

Habits: Nests between March and September, usually two broods. Feeds on pondweed, seeds and insects. Head pumps when swimming.

Commonly Seen: Spittal Pond, Warwick Pond, Paget Marsh

Identification: Click here

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