Scientific name: Gallinula chloropus
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About: A familiar bird of wetlands, often seen on park lakes, ponds and rivers. They spend more of their time out of the water than their relative, the Coot, even climbing trees. Moorhens are omnivores, eating everything from invertebrates and small fish to berr
How to identify: Moorhen can be told from the similar Coot by their more bluey black bodies, with olivey-black backs separated by a white line, white patches under the tail and the bill, which is red with a yellow tip. They also spend most of their time around the edge of
Fantastic fact: Moorhen can be found right around the world, where they are often called Common Gallinule.
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