Common Moorhen

Species Name: Gallinula chloropus


Species Distribution in Massachusetts


Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Special Concern

Habitat Description

Large freshwater or brackish marshes that are at least a foot deep and have dense cattail beds, occasionally shrub marsh, adjacent to open water with aquatic bed vegetation.

Threats to Survival

Habitat loss is the largest cause of population decline, along with invasive plants present in their habitat.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Preserving and restoring suitable freshwater marshes is critical to its persistence. Removal of invasive species, protection of a 100m upland buffer around known breeding sites is recommended to reduce adverse effects of disturbance from human activities.