Common Moorhen – up close

posted in: Morphology-Develop., Species | 2

“I was given an uncommon opportunity to get close by this adult Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus orientalis)…

“…that was sunning and preening in the early part of the morning.

“I suspect my numerous visits to the Reed Warblers has made this bird familiar with me.

“I took the opportunity to focus on plumage and bare parts for documentation.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
13th May 2014

Location: Tambun Interior, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Fish farming, ex-mining pools, orchards, secondary growth

2 Responses

  1. Edna Alvarez

    I saw a Common Moorhen this morning in a small pond in England. Its rear tail feathers were high and spread with two massive bits of bright white.

    Are we observing different sub-species?

    • YC

      Most likely. There are about a dozen sub-species distributed around many countries in the world.

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