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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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Both moorhens and coots will dive for their food, like little grebes, although moorhens are just as happy dabbling on the surface and in shallow water.
"A Moorhen found dead with a plastic tie around its neck, then inside a carrier bag and hanging from a tree in Dyserth.....very strange?"
Steve, from Timperley, Cheshire, saw three moorhens lose their tails as the squawking birds escaped underwater catfish raids.
The pigeons roosting in the May tree, He could clearly see if he but chose to look, He doesn't, nor the geese assembled in a friendly flock, Too mesmerised he misses moorhens floating by, Intense, his world is narrowed to this park, this lake, this spot, Intent eyes focused on a single surface point.
We had mallard as well, occasional moorhens, even grebe.
Moorhens, ducks and skylarks have been pecking leftover bunches at the RSPB reserve in Saltholme, Teesside.
He added: "We put an old canoe that had been cut in half to make a duck island to provide shelter for the breeding moorhens and mallards.
Sometimes we also get ducks and moorhens on the pond."
The survey's most commonly sighted species were mallards, swans, dragonflies and moorhens.
Jonathan said: "There are now a lot more lapwings here and we've started seeing ducks, moorhens and even a few geese."
Other birds hit by the oil included moorhens, ducks and coots.
The banks we sat on while fishing were colonised with water voles and moorhens, and in summer enlivened with dancing clouds of green and blue dragonflies.