Moorhen (Gallinula galeata)
Moorhens are part of the Rail family of birds and they are also referred to as marsh hens or river chickens. They are a close relative of the American Coot. I saw this pair of Moorhens swimming in the John Yarbrough Ten Mile Canal where you can view a variety of birds and other small wildlife. The linear park also has a nice walking/bicycle trail. The only drawback of the linear park which runs from Colonial Blvd to Six Mile Cypress Pkwy. is the lack of parking. Moorhens are omnivorous and eat vegetation as well as snails, small rodents and amphibians. They make a lot of noise with their chirping which you can listen to if you visit the website Cornell Lab of Ornithology allaboutbirds. Scroll down to Appearance, Identification and click on typical voice. They are dark in color with brown or black feathers with a red bill. They are usually seen in small and shallow bodies of water like ponds, marshes or in this case a drainage canal. The birds are fun to watch as they swim around and call out with their chirping. There are several species of Moorhens
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