Common Gallinule

Gallinula chloropus

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The common gallinule has long toes that make it possible to walk on soft mud and floating vegetation.

Nests are a wide bowl of grasses and sedges, usually taken from near the nest site. The nests are most commonly anchored to emergent vegetation within a meter of water.  Newly hatched chicks of the common gallinule have spurs on their wings that help them climb into the nest or grab emergent vegetation.


Seeds of grasses and sedges and some snails
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