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Synonyms for moorhen

black gallinule that inhabits ponds and lakes

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While water rails can be mistaken for moorhens they are smaller with striped flanks and have a long red bill for poking around in the mud in the search for insects and crustaceans.
Species Number of files Bogota moorhen 17 Swamp wren 30 Silvery-throated spinetail 22 Bogota nunbird 35 Common wren 32 Tropical kingbird 25 Hummingbird 31 Yellow beak moorhen 12 Red beak moorhen 12 Blackbird 13 Shiny cowbird 24 Rufous-collared sparrow 18 Total 300
Other species making the top of the most-sighted list included otters, newts, toads, mallards, moorhens and swans.
Among the birds seen were the spot-billed pelican, spotted greenshank, spoonbill sandpiper, black necked stork, white ibis, flamingos, painted stork Night Herons, Pond Herons, Grey Herons, White Ibis, Pintails, Shavellers, Billed Ducks, Garganeys, Common Moorhen, Purple Moorhens, Coots, Little Egrets and Cattle Egrets.
The first time we saw moorhens in Alba was in 2007, while almost all of them left later a couple decided to stay and reproduce here.
Brave he surely is, whether it's gunning down heavily-armed moorhens at Sandringham or calling in jets to bomb people in their mud-huts in the poorest country in the world.
Biologists have found dozens of bird species that catch interloper eggs from different species, but only a few--some ostriches, weaverbirds, moorhens, and now coots--with defenses against sneaks of their own species.
There are pigs, maybe 10 ducks, a couple of geese, quite a camp turkey who's got a limp, five or six chickens, little moorhens.
STEVE Doherty cracked the mystery of the tail-less moorhens when a monster 57lb catfish crunched his bait at Willow Bank Fisheries in Minton Lindsay, Lincs.
The ponds have been home to moorhens, mallards and swans.
The lake is a haven for wildlife including semi-resident swans, moorhens and ducks.
Denbighshire's countryside officer Garry Davies said the creatures enjoy the heat as they are used to more tropical climes of southern USA, but their basking on nests of moorhens has been interfering with their breeding success.
We had mallard as well, occasional moorhens, even grebe.
Moorhens, ducks and skylarks have been pecking leftover bunches at the RSPB reserve in Saltholme, Teesside.
He added: "We put an old canoe that had been cut in half to make a duck island to provide shelter for the breeding moorhens and mallards.