moorhen

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moorhen:

see railrail,
common name for some members of the large family Rallidae, marsh and tropical forest birds that include the gallinule and the coot, two specialized rails. Rails are cosmopolitan in distribution, except in polar regions.
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moorhen

1. a bird, Gallinula chloropus, inhabiting ponds, lakes, etc., having a black plumage, red bill, and a red shield above the bill: family Rallidae (rails)
2. the female of the red grouse
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Visceral organs and bird meats (n = 549) were collected from carcasses of chickens, ducks, quails, water cocks, water hens, swamp hens, crakes, parakeets, and moor hens at local food markets (Tables 1, 2).
That's why the fuss caused when Percy, one of the Queen's pelicans in St James's Park, London, devoured a moor hen in front of a group of American tourists from Louisiana, amazed me.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened at around 11pm on Saturday, inside the Bonny Moor Hen pub on Front Street, Stanhope, County Durham.
Other species noted that day included male and female pheasants, mute swan, black headed gull, tufted duck, crow, wood pigeon, collared dove, poc hard, coot, mallard, moor hen, dun nock, great tit, chaffinch, blue tit, robin, marsh tit, coal tit and Canada goose.
Passers-by and publicans Geordie and Margaret Parker, from the nearby Bonny Moor Hen pub in Front Street, Stanhope, ran to his aid.
Writing his life story in a pamphlet published in Welsh in 1888 that is peppered with racial stereotyping, author Alltud Eifion described how John Ystumllyn maintained that he had been captured by white men in Africa while trying to catch a moor hen by a stream.