This Common Gallinule, formerly known as a Moorhen, carries a stick with great urgency as seen recently during a visit to Egret Marsh Stormwater Park. The bird disappeared into the bushes with the stick so we never found out what it was doing. Most likely building or fortifying a nest.
One of my favorite birds, the Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata), which, as I have stated before, I prefer by its old name, the Common Moorhen. This Moorhen was hiking around some wetlands in Lake County, Florida, and is quite delightful to look at but not as showy as its cousin, the Purple Gallinule. Regardless of what you want to call either bird, they both have a lot of chicken characteristics, especially when once seen en masse looking for a handout […]
Okay, this bird is actually called the Common Gallinule here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. but it was not all that long ago that it was called by the much more aesthetically pleasing Moorhen. Scientific purists thought it would be less confusing to the list keepers of the Animal Kingdom, and most likely they are correct in that it is more accurate, but to me the old name is just fine. Most times you see Moorhens they are […]
Correctly called the “Common Gallinule” – Gallinula chloropus or the charming yellow & green footed little hen – I prefer its Old World name of Moorhen but I think I have said that before. A summer visit to the Green Cay Nature Center in Boynton Beach on the last day of July 2015 found examples of Moorhens in almost all stages of their life, from little chicks to adults. A young Moorhen follows one of its parents. We were surprised […]
A Common Moorhen, not to be confused with its more lavish cousin, the Purple Gallinule. In fact, the poor Moorhen has even lost its more interesting name to become subservient to its flashier cousin, and is now properly called the Common Gallinule (Gallinula chloropus). Many may not find this bird exciting but the bird’s alluring call emanating unseen from overgrown wetlands adds a bit of mystery to the landscape. The scientific name refers to its chicken-like appearance as a “little […]