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Great Britain

Set B1 - British Birds - card information

3. The Moorhen
(Gallinula chloropus)

3. The Moorhen

Few birds are more familiar in the English countryside than the dapper Moorhen, or Waterhen. It is to be seen on most waters, even on the wayside pond. And what a smart creature it is in its dark olive-grey plumage, set off by some white on its side, its white undertail coverts and its scarlet frontal shield, to say nothing of its green legs with bright red garters. It builds a bulky nest at the pondside, cock and hen sharing in the duties of incubating the eggs and looking after the quaint little fluffy black chicks.