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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Bird meats were the source of 9 virus-containing samples (5 quail, 2 moor hens, and 2 water cocks), which indicates a risk for influenza virus (H5N1) contamination in bird meats, especially quail.
positive Bird species market market samples results ([dagger]) Chicken 204 3 207 1 Duck 59 2 61 2 Quail -- 396 396 5 Pigeon 6 -- 6 -- House sparrow 112 6 118 -- Water cock -- 27 27 2 Water hen -- 33 33 -- Swamp hen -- 1 1 -- Crake -- 1 1 -- Moor hen -- 80 80 2 Total 381 549 930 12 * Sample source: swabs.
For a couple of years at least,this little pond has resisted drying up, resulting in successful colonisation by frogs, toads and newts and a pair or two of moor hens.