Species Name: Gallinula chloropus
Species Distribution in Massachusetts
Federal Rank: None
Massachusetts State Rank: Special Concern
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.