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Gallinula comeri


25 cm, sexes identical.

  • Strongly built
  • Short wings
  • Head and underside black
  • Upperside and wings dark brown
  • Undertail with white band
  • Facial shield red, bill red with yellow tip
  • Strong legs blotched red and yellow-green


Gough Island in the southern Atlantic. Has been introduced on nearby Tristan da Cunha.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Gough Moorhen was split from Tristan Moorhen. They have both in the past been viewed as subspecies of Common Moorhen, G. chloropus.


Prefers heavily vegetated areas often near or in humid sections, below 600 m on Gough and 300-900 m asl on Tristan da Cunha.


This species is a good climber and, though incapable of sustained flight, it is able to use the wings to help getting over obstacles. Feeds on a very varied diet ranging from invertebrates and vegetation to carcasses.


Described as metallic and loud.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. del Hoyo, J., N. Collar, and C.J. Sharpe (2020). Gough Moorhen (Gallinula comeri), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.trimoo3.01

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