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Latin name

Gallinula chloropus


Rails (Rallidae)

Where to see them

Around any pond, lake, stream or river, or even ditches in farmland. Moorhens can live in cities as well as the countryside. In the UK they breed in in lowland areas, especially in central and eastern England. They're scarce in northern Scotland and the uplands of Wales and northern England. UK breeding birds are residents and seldom travel far.

When to see them

Any time of year, and any time of day. You might even hear them calling at night.

What they eat

Water plants, seeds, fruit, grasses, insects, snails, worms and small fish.

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Additional Photos by marion morgan (jester5) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 66 N: 610] (2024)
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