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Difference between a common moorhen and a lesser moorhen

4 February 2015

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QUESTION:

What is the difference between a common moorhen and a lesser moorhen?

 

ANSWER:

An adult, common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) forages along the shores, by swimmimg, or by walking on floating plants. The diet consists of invertebrate animals, wild fruits and the seeds of plants. The bill is characteristically bright red with a yellow tip and there is a red forehead. The eyes are brown, there is a white band along the side through the slate-grey feathers and the legs and feet are yellow.

It differs from the lesser moorhen (Gallinula angulata) in that the... (Become a subscriber for more)

Answer by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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