(African) Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus meridionalis) aka The Swamp Chicken
Appearance The Common Moorhen is a medium-sized bird, 14" (36cm), dark slate-grey on the front and underneath and olive-brown on its back. A distinct line of white streaks along the sides and under the tail. Blackish head, with red frontal shield and bill with yellow tip. Its eyes are brownish-red. Yellowish-green legs and feet, with orange-red 'garters'.
Habits The Common Moorhen is usually seen in pairs or family groups. It swims in open water or paddles around the edge of large freshwater bodies with floating or fringe vegetation.
Diet The Common Moorhen eats a variety of vegetable matter & small aquatic creatures.
Resident The Common Moorhen is seen in the west and central areas of Kenya, along the line of the Athy River, up to Mt. Elgon.
Extra Facts The Common Moorhen female lays up to 8 eggs in a nest, which is then used by other females. If threatened, babies clutch hold of the parent's body, while the adult flies away.
Photographs Photographed in Kenya's Nairobi National Park.
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