The adult Common Gallinule was photographed at Cameron Prairie National Refuge in Louisiana.

The adult Common Gallinule was photographed at Cameron Prairie National Refuge in Louisiana.

The immature Common Gallinule was also photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.

The immature Common Gallinule was also photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.

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The bird is made of two species called the Common Gallinule in North and South America, and the Common Moorhen in Europe, Asia, and Africa. There are mainly two differences between them; their vocalization, and the shape and size of the red head shield. The Common Gallinule has and is referenced as a Common Moorhen in some bird books.

The adult Common Gallinule has a gray-tan top, gray bottom, and red beak with yellow tip, red head shield, white flank stripe, red-yellow legs, and white under the tail. The immature Common Gallinule is a dull brownish-gray color top and bottom, a drab maroon bill, no head shield, with yellow legs, a white flank stripe, and white under the tail. It inhabits well-vegetated marshes, ponds, canals, and other wetlands with a range from Canada to Chile. It eats seeds of grasses and sedge, small aquatic creatures, and some snails. It uses its long toes to walk on top of floating vegetation and grasses. It will fight to defend its territory.

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