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(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)
Gruiformes - Rallidae Gruiformes - Rallidae
Eurasian Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus Eurasian Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus

(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)
Gruiformes - Rallidae Gruiformes - Rallidae
Eurasian Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus Eurasian Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus

The Moorhen - UK Status: Resident.

Habitat: This small water bird can be found on many types of wetland habitats, including small stagnant ponds. In fact most pools in lowland areas. up to and including largish lakes.

Breeding: Moorhens belong to the rail (rallidae) and are closely related to Coots and Water Rails. They seldom travel far from their chosen residence in the British Isles. They lay many eggs in a clutch, up to a dozen, and there may be two or more clutches each season. These small ducks often get bullied out of the way, by larger ducks when their is food in the offing. They however will grab a piece of  the food on offer, and make quick retreat back to the reed beds. Once out of the breeding season, both Coots and Moorhens appear to become bolder and have a go back at the larger ducks. Today I saw a Moorhen respond to a bullying Mallard, and the Moorhen stood it ground, and the Mallard backed down.

Comment: Moorhens, or Marsh Hens as they are some times known as and are common and wide spread in most of England, Wales and southern Scotland. In northern Scotland it is scarce.

(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)
Gruiformes - Rallidae Gruiformes - Rallidae Gruiformes - Rallidae Gruiformes - Rallidae
Eurasian Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus Eurasian Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus Eurasian Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus Eurasian Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus

 

      

      

 

 

      

      

 

 

      

      

 

 

      

      

 

       
       
       
 

      

      

 

 

      

      

 

 

      

      

 

 

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