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).
AS A boy and teenager I lived in Lichfield Road, Cheylesmore (1937- 52) and recall the pool as a haven for rafting and sailing model boats, though the whole length was encompassed with thick reeds and nesting moor hens and swans.
Ungainly in the extreme, moor hens reportedly undertake nocturnal reconnaissance flights looking for food sources - I've always quite liked the idea of foraging gangs of moorhens flapping about under the stars as the nation sleeps.