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Common Moorhen

(engl: Common Moorhen)


Common Moorhens nod with their heads and constantly bob up and down with their tails. When in danger they escape by diving underwater. The birds can stay underwater for up to two minutes. In doing so, they occasionally cling to aquatic plants with their bills.

Good reproductive success 

Moorhens breed at least twice a year, sometimes nesting broods can occur. The parents have to work together. While one parent is hatching a new brood, the other looks after the offspring of the first brood. The older siblings also help care for the young. 

Verbreitungsgebiet: Teichhuhn
Verbreitungsgebiet: Teichhuhn
Wissenschaftl. Name Gallinula chloropus
Ordnung Gruiformes
Familie Rallidae
Größe bis 35 cm
Gewicht bis 400 g
Fortpflanzung 6-8 Eier, Brutdauer 20 Tage
Verbreitung worldwide
Lebensraum shore , Teichen und langsam fließenden Gewässern
Nahrung Insects, Worms, Seed, plant parts
Bestand secured
Lebensdauer ca. 10 Jahre