Common Moorhen (Palau)

Gallinula chloropus orientalis

Order

GRUIFORMES

Family

Rails, Gallinules and Coots (Rallidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

GALCHL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Common Moorhen has a large breeding range of more than 38 million square kilometers. This common wetland species breeds in most of Europe, southern and eastern Asia, some islands in the south Pacific, and in much of Africa. Individuals that breed in northern and central Europe and eastern Asia migrate to warmer regions for the winter. The Common Moorhen occurs in marshes and at the edges of ponds, lakes, and rivers. The global population of this species is estimated to be anywhere from 2,900,000 to 6,200,000 individuals, and is stable. This species has been given a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Common Moorhen (Palau): Medium, chicken-like rail with black-gray head, back, and underparts. Gray-brown back, wings, and tail. Short, white bars on flanks, white undertail with black stripe. Red frontal shield and bill with yellow tip. Short tail. Sexes similar. Juvenile like adult but brown, white on throat, no red on head, and yellow-brown bill.


Range and Habitat

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Common Moorhen (Palau) SONGS AND CALLS

Common Moorhen E1

Call is a loud "crrruk".

Common Moorhen E2

Adult bird calling to chicks.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"crrruk", "kik-kik"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • An older common name, waterhen, is a better descriptor of this bird's habitat, however its common name refers to an older definition of the word moor: marsh or marshland.
  • Differences between subspecies of moorhen are very subtle; usually the location of a sighting, rather than physical differences, is the best way to identify an individual.
  • The Indo-Pacific Common Moorhen, the subspecies of the Common Moorhen found on Palau, was first described by American naturalist Thomas Horsfield in 1821.
  • A group of moorhens is collectively known as a "plump" of moorhens.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Frontal shieldX
The area where the bill extends onto the forehead of the bird. It is often brightly colored and is meant to grab the attention of other birds.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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