Eurasian Common Moorhen


Hindi name: Jalmurgi

Common moorhen is also called as swamp chicken. It is medium sized member of rail family.

How does the bird appear…

It has grey-black plumage all over only except white undertail. It shows red frontal shield and red bill with yellow tip. Legs are yellow. Both male and female have similar plumage but male is larger than female.

 Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It inhabits freshwater and brackish marshes, lakes, canals and ponds with cattails and other aquatic vegetation.


It is omnivorous. It feeds on aquatic plants, seeds, grains, fruits, berries and also takes insects, spiders, earthworms, snails, mollusks and tadpoles.

 Breeding & Nesting

It is monogamous and breeds during spring. Nest is basket shaped and placed on ground in dense vegetation. Incubation period is of 3 weeks and incubation is done by both parents.


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