Family:Rails, crakes and coots
32cm to 35cm
50cm to 55cm
250g to 400g
Moorhens - often referred to as marsh hens - are medium-sized water bird part and part of the crane family. They have long green legs, red and yellow beaks and are blackish all over. Upon closer inspection, moorhens do have dark brown back and wings, white stripes on their flanks and a blueish belly.
Their diets consist of small fish, insects, water plants, fruit, grasses, seeds, snails and worms.
A member of the family of coots, crakes and rails, the corncrake is unique in that it lives on dry land and prefers hayfields and dense cover as opposed to waterside habitats.
The Eurasian coot is sometimes mistaken for a duck but is in fact a wading bird with splayed toes as opposed to webbed feet. When foraging for food under the water ducks will eat their food whilst still submerged whereas coots will surface first and then eat. There are four sub-species of the Eurasian coot and eleven separate coot species.
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