Species Details

@MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);

Common Moorhen Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Gallinula chloropus
Family : Rallidae
Order : Gruiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Moorhen, Waterhen, Indian Gallinule
Habitat : Wetlands
Description : The Common Moorhen is a small blackish-grey swamp-bird with a red and yellow bill and long toes (adult bird length approximately 33cm, wing 16 cm, bill 4 cm, tarsus 5 cm, tail 6 cm). It looks dark olive-brown from above and slaty-grey from below. It has a blackish head and neck and red irises. It feeds on fruits, seeds, and shoots of aquatic plants, insects, larvae, molluscs, frogs and small fishes. It breeds in May-August.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:guus van duin(www.xeno-canto.org/guus van duin), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.