Common Moorhen

Scientific Name: Gallinula chloropus
Malay Name: Tiung-Air Biasa
Chinese Name: 黑水鸡

A widespread species found globally except in Antarctica and Australasia.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: chloropus, meridionalis, pyrrhorrhoa, orientalis, guami

Local Subspecies: orientalis

Size: 30-35 cm

Identification: Adult has overall dark plumage with contrasting white line along flanks and lateral undertail-coverts, yellow-tip red bill, distinctive red frontal shield and greenish-yellow legs/feet. Male is larger than female. Juvenile has duller overall plumage than adult and lacks any red on bill and frontal shield.

Similar looking speciesEurasian CootGrey-headed Swamphen

Habitat: Freshwater wetlands.

Behaviour/Ecology: Usually observed feeding while swimming.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Recent sightings confined to Kranji Marsh, Lorong Halus and West Coast Marsh.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia