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Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)
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Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)

General Description: Common Gallinules (Gallinula galeata) are black, duck-like birds with a red bill and white on the sides of the tail, and sometimes a bit of white shows along the side of the body. In adults, the tip of the bill is yellow. Compare with American Coot.

Taxonomy: Order: Gruiformes (cranes, rails, and allies); Family: Rallidae (rails); Subfamily Fulicinae. Formerly referred to as the Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus), North and South American populations were split by the American Ornithologists' Union in 2011, and we got the Common Gallinule.

Favored Habitat: Shallow ponds and marshes.

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

Where to Find: Common Moorhen are uncommon around Las Vegas, but the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is a good place to check. For more natural settings, check the Pahranagat Valley or the Overton Wildlife Management Area.

Comments: While these birds look like ducks, they are actually more closely related to Rails.

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) Note red and yellow bill; white on edges of tail
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Parent and two young birds
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Parent feeding young
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)
Juvenile Gallinule Moorhen
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Adult Common Gallinule in calm water
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Common Gallinule pair; Dunedin, Florida
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)
Common Gallinule pair; Dunedin, Florida
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