050 Common Moorhen

The Common Moorhen or Common Waterhen (Gallinula chloropus) is 30-38 cm long bird easily identifiable by its dark plumage except the white undertail, red facial shield, white tipped red bill, and yellow legs. It is found in well-vegetated lakes and marshlands almost the world over save very cold regions. The female of the species usually lays 5-8 eggs in a basket-like nest built on ground in thickly vegetated area.