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Friday, 21 December 2012

GREY HERON (Ardea cinerea) Skerries Millpond, Skerries, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) is of the  family Ardeidae which is in the genus Ardea. It is resident in the temperate regions of Eurasia as well as parts of Africa. The more northern populations are migratory and move south for the winter. It occurs mainly in wetland habitats where a wide variety of aquatic creatures are preyed upon.
 
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COMMON MOORHEN (Gallinula chloropus) Skerries Millpond, Skerries, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland


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The Common Moorhen
(Gallinula chloropus) is a member of the rail family Rallidae which is in the genus Gallinula. It is commonly encountered in wetlands, ponds, lakes, canals as well as wet areas in reed beds. It occurs in most of Europe and in many parts of Asia and Africa. There are several sub species recognised. The former sub species found in the Americas, the Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata), is now treated as a full species.

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) world distribution map
Yellow: breeding summer visitor. Green: breeding resident. Blue: non-breeding winter visitor
 Source: Map By Viktor Kravtchenko - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) world distribution map based on data from Handbook of the Birds of the World (del Hoyo et al), Birds of the Western Palearctic (Snow et al) and regional field guides. Updated with the split in 2011 by the American Ornithologists Union of Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) which occurs in the Americas that was formally treated as a subspecies of Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

COMMON MOORHEN (Gallinula chloropus) Skerries Millpond, Skerries, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland


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Click here for detailed species information
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The Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) is a member of the rail family Rallidae  which is in the genus Gallinula. It is commonly encountered in wetlands, ponds, lakes, canals as well as wet areas in reed beds. It occurs in most of Europe and in many parts of Asia and Africa. There are several sub species recognised. The former sub species found in the Americas, the Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata), is now treated as a full species.


Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) world distribution map
Yellow: breeding summer visitor. Green: breeding resident. Blue: non-breeding winter visitor
 Source: Map By Viktor Kravtchenko - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) world distribution map based on data from Handbook of the Birds of the World (del Hoyo et al), Birds of the Western Palearctic (Snow et al) and regional field guides. Updated with the split in 2011 by the American Ornithologists Union of Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) which occurs in the Americas that was formally treated as a subspecies of Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)