Common Moorhen
Common Moorhen (Immature)
Common Moorhen
Common Moorhen (Fledgling)
Scientific Name 
Gallinula chloropus
Arabic Name 
دجاجة الماء
Kuwaiti name 
دجاجة الماء
55.0 cm
35.0 cm
Least Concern


Uncommon breeding resident; scarce passage migrant and winter visitor. An adaptable marsh bird often even taking up residence in artificial sewage plant reeds and farm ponds. One of the most widespread fowl-like freshwater marsh denizens.
Where in Kuwait 
Typically found in both still and moving freshwater wetlands, both still and moving but shows a preference for waters sheltered by tall emergent vegetation like reed beds in the Jahra area.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and is predominantly sedentary or locally dispersive, but makes partially or fully migratory movements in the northern parts of its range due to its vulnerability to freezing conditions. It breeds in solitary territorial pairs. It is omnivorous and will feed on almost anything available for consumption, including small fish, earthworms, insects, plant matter and even birds’ eggs.
Local threats 
Wetland degradation and habitat loss.