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1. PWB No. 007: Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

  • Published: 2008-12-13T11:00:53+00:00
  • Duration: 241
  • By Romy Ocon
PWB No. 007: Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

PHILIPPINE WILD BIRDS, Series No. 007 Common name : Common Moorhen (immature) Scientific name: Gallinula chloropus Habitat: Wetlands with open water and emergent vegetation, like marshes and ponds. Total length: 355 mm. CAPTURE INFORMATION: UP-Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, December 13, 2008, Canon 5D2 + Sigmonster (Sigma 300-800 DG), 1600 mm, Manfrotto 475B/3421 support, available light, 1920x1080 capture processed and resized to 640x360, ambient sound removed and replaced with background music. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. This video is copyrighted and cannot be used without written permission. © 2008 Romy Ocon, (Note - HD version to follow, I have exceeded my HD upload limit for this week, and as a non-US resident no Vimeo Plus upgrade is yet available to me.)

2. Common moorhen - Waterhoen - Gallinula chloropus

  • Published: 2015-03-22T14:40:59+00:00
  • Duration: 306
  • By Watervogelbond
Common moorhen - Waterhoen - Gallinula chloropus

The common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) (also known as the swamp chicken is a bird species in the family Rallidae. It is distributed across many parts of the Old World. The common moorhen lives around well-vegetated marshes, ponds, canals and other wetlands. The species is not found in the polar regions or many tropical rainforests. Elsewhere it is likely the most common rail species, except for the Eurasian coot in some regions. The closely related common gallinule of the New World has been recognized as a separate species by most authorities, starting with the American Ornithologists' Union and the International Ornithological Committee in 2011. The moorhen is a distinctive species, with dark plumage apart from the white undertail, yellow legs and a red frontal shield. The young are browner and lack the red shield. The frontal shield of the adult has a rounded top and fairly parallel sides; the tailward margin of the red unfeathered area is a smooth waving line. In the related common gallinule of the Americas, the frontal shield has a fairly straight top and is less wide towards the bill, giving a marked indentation to the back margin of the red area. The common moorhen gives a wide range of gargling calls and will emit loud hisses when threatened. A midsized to large rail, it can range from 30 to 38 cm (12 to 15 in) in length and span 50 to 62 cm (20 to 24 in) across the wings. The body mass of this species can range from 192 to 500 g (6.8 to 17.6 oz). This is a common breeding bird in marsh environments and well-vegetated lakes. Populations in areas where the waters freeze, such as eastern Europe, will migrate to more temperate climes. This species will consume a wide variety of vegetable material and small aquatic creatures. They forage beside or in the water, sometimes walking on lilypads or upending in the water to feed. They are often secretive, but can become tame in some areas. Despite loss of habitat in parts of its range, the common moorhen remains plentiful and widespread. The birds are territorial during breeding season. The nest is a basket built on the ground in dense vegetation. Laying starts in spring, between mid-March and mid-May in Northern hemisphere temperate regions. About 8 eggs are usually laid per female early in the season; a brood later in the year usually has only 5–8 or fewer eggs. Nests may be re-used by different females. Incubation lasts about three weeks. Both parents incubate and feed the young. These fledge after 40–50 days, become independent usually a few weeks thereafter, and may raise their first brood the next spring. When threatened, the young may cling to the parents' body, after which the adult birds fly away to safety, carrying their offspring with them. On a global scale – all subspecies taken together – the common moorhen is as abundant as its vernacular name implies. It is therefore considered a species of Least Concern by the IUCN. However, small populations may be prone to extinction. The population of Palau, belonging to the widespread subspecies G. c. orientalis and locally known as debar (a generic term also used for ducks and meaning roughly "waterfowl"), is very rare, and apparently the birds are hunted by locals. Most of the population on the archipelago occurs on Angaur and Peleliu, while the species is probably already gone from Koror. In the Lake Ngardok wetlands of Babeldaob, a few dozen still occur, but the total number of common moorhens on Palau is about in the same region as the Guam population: fewer than 100 adult birds (usually fewer than 50) have been encountered in any survey. The common moorhen is one of the birds (the other is the Eurasian coot, Fulica atra) from which the cyclocoelid flatworm parasite Cyclocoelum mutabile was first described. The bird is also parasitised by the moorhen flea, Dasypsyllus gallinulae. Five subspecies are today considered valid; several more have been described that are now considered junior synonyms. Most are not very readily recognizable, as differences are rather subtle and often clinal. Usually, the location of a sighting is the most reliable indication as to subspecies identification, but the migratory tendencies of this species make identifications based on location not completely reliable. In addition to the extant subspecies listed below, an undescribed form from the Early Pleistocene is recorded from Dursunlu in Turkey.

3. Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

  • Published: 2012-04-18T04:37:00+00:00
  • Duration: 173
  • By jingbar
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

14th April 2012, Nam Sang Wai, Hong Kong Clip 2324 Canon XF100 coupled to a Canon EF 100-400mm zoom using a DMF Showtime adaptor © Bob Thompson

4. Gallinule poule-d'eau (Gallinula chloropus) Common Moorhen

  • Published: 2011-10-01T14:48:36+00:00
  • Duration: 37
  • By Pascal Vagner
Gallinule poule-d'eau (Gallinula chloropus) Common Moorhen

Belgium, Brussels. March 2011

5. Valikukulhu

  • Published: 2013-01-29T16:03:19+00:00
  • Duration: 37
  • By sifah saeed

Valikukulhu from Fuvahmulah. Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) is a freshwater bird locally known as Valikukulhu or Olhuvalu Kanbili , a duck-like bird in the Rallidae family is found almost exclusively within fresh water wetlands around well-vegetated marshes and ponds in Fuvahmulak. Common Moorhen is basically confined to Fuvahmulak, the atoll island inhabited in the South nearest to the equator in the Maldives. Elsewhere in the world, the Common Moorhen is commonly found rail species. Common Moorhen has a yellow tipped red bill; their legs are greenish and unwebbed feet, with orange or red bands on the lower part. Adults have white stripes on the flanks and have a white rump divided by a black band. Croaks and squawks make up their voice. By: Sifahphotography