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 Post subject: Moorhen, common
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The most widely distributed member of the rail family, the Common Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus, inhabits water bodies throughout most parts of the world. It has long toes that make it possible for it to walk on soft mud and floating vegetation. The toes have no lobes or webbing, but in spite of this the moorhen is a good swimmer anyway. Newly hatched chicks of the Common Moorhen have spurs on their wings that help them climb into the nest or grab emergent vegetation.

Forraging birds peck food from water surface or from emergent plants while walking or swimming. They eat aquatic invertebrates and seeds of grasses and sedges. The adult birds develop a bright red patch over the forehead and upper mandible of the beak very much where the darker brown patch can be seen on the bill of this juvenile.

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And another few?? Hope no one minds?? :?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi Yolande,

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Juvenile Common Moorhen

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 Post subject: Re: Moorhen, common
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And this one taking off at Abrahamskraal, WCNP, 13 October 2011.

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I never realised that the Common Moorhen is omnivorous as I always saw them eating plant material. Last weekend I actually saw one fishing!

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