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Common Gallinule

Gallinula galeata

The Common Moorhen is also called the Common Gallinule. Like its relative the American Coot, this bird is actually a member of the rail family (Rallidae), though it swims and behaves quite like a waterfowl. In eastern USA these birds migrate between the southern gulf border and the Canadian border, but in the west there range is mostly year-round in wetland areas of California, Arizona and New Mexico.

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