Moorhen garden bird

Moorhen

Size: 31-35CM, 12-14INC

The Moorhen is one of the most noticeable water birds to be observed throughout Europe, usually come across on attractive lakes, village ponds, rivers and garden streams all over northern Europe.

The two sexes share identical feathers and smooth area features. Their head and under parts are a dark grey-blue, in certain lights seeming black or a shiny deep navy-blue. The upper parts are a chocolate brown, with their short wings tips black. On the sides is a clear white line that seems really bright and strong in colour besides their dark wing and body feathers. A Moorhen's 'back-end' is black apart from a shiny white under tail. Their front armour and beak, besides having a yellow tip, are cherry- red, like their eyes,. Young Moorhens have a somewhat pink beak, regularly with somewhat green front armour.

Because they are extremely protective birds, Moorhen battles are routine, regardless of the season. Their bodies will lean back to front into the water, wings will droop and their feet will turn into competing weapons...and their sound! Volatile 'gurgling' 'kurr-ucks' 'kek's' and kikik's clutter the sky as birds expel their rage. Disputes are capable of lasting plenty of minutes and wounds, including death tolls, are not unidentified.

They appear slightly clumsy and shy when they are on land. Here, their yellowy-green legs and big feet are noticeable. A tiny red thigh blotch is generally noticeable almost above their knee.

  • When flying, Moorhens stage a pretty stubborn display. Their short wings and muscular body indicates that flying is hard and they seem really frail on their wing. Their elongated legs imprint a lot further than their tail tip.
  • Adult Moorhens make great parents, taking a lot of care of their broods. During the breeding season, along the side of ponds, rivers, and reed beds, adult birds can be observed tenderly delivering food to their bright and strong coloured -headed, soft black baby birds.
  • Young Moorhens do not display any adult colours. Their head is dark-brown with a sort of grey- brown wash on their face. Their chin and throat are white. Their upper parts are brown.
  • Appearing completely at home on water, the Moorhen shifts with bumpy movements and a consistently flipping tail; the colours - white and black of this tail are noticeable from a large distance. They regularly inhabit in order to pluck at the water surface, eating wildflowers, small creatures, or seeds.