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Common Moorhen

Gallinula chloropus

Photo © by Robert Shantz

This photograph, copyrighted by Robert Shantz, was taken at Patagonia Lake State Park, Santa Cruz County, Arizona on March 5, 2007.

These duck-shaped birds have bright red on the forehead and beak and a yellow beak tip to set them off from similar-looking American Coot which has a white beak. In the Sonoran Desert Common Moorhens inhabit marshy edges of slow rivers, lakes and ponds where they forage in floating vegetation. Such wet habitats are, of course, limited in the desert.

Year-round Resident - some migration - less common in winter

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