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A Drake Common Moorhen

This Common Moorhen, a member of the Rail family of birds and a cousin to its almost look-alike, the Coot, was spotted at the Wal-Mart pond on CR-466, in The Villages, Florida last week.

Common Moorhens live happily in ponds, on the shorelines of lakes, and also in marshes.  Occasionally they are also on rivers.  These duck-like birds eat plants.  They are attractive and harmless. The hens (I did not see any that day) are a brown color but similar in looks to the drakes, which are charcoal dark grey and white with a red patch above their bill or beak.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "A Drake Common Moorhen" (3)

  1. Common, but pretty!

  2. Hello, great post and info on the Moorhen. They seem to be plentiful in Florida. I see them every where I go birding. Great photos. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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