Tag Archives: Common Gallinule

Gallinule Passing By

A few Common Gallinules were walking around in this shallow water at the edge of a pond, quietly minding their own business.

Common Gallinule and Alligator
Common Gallinule and Alligator

Gallinules are known for making a vocal fuss, but while I was watching this scene they were quiet.

Common Gallinule and Alligators
Common Gallinule and Alligators

Hard to say if Alligators pay any attention to when birds vocalize; I’ve seen them respond to movement around them but not just noise.

Common Gallinule and Alligators
Common Gallinule and Alligators

These Alligators never moved.

Alligators
Alligators

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
October 24, 2022

Common Gallinule Chicks

A few Common Gallinule chicks were paddling around at the edge of Mary’s House Pond. They moved out into the water a bit as I drove by and I captured these out the car window.

Common Gallinule Chick
Common Gallinule Chick

This one seemed to suddenly realize his mates had moved off without him.

Common Gallinule Chick
Common Gallinule Chick

Wait for me!

Common Gallinule Chick
Common Gallinule Chick

Where’d they go?

Common Gallinule Chick
Common Gallinule Chick

An adult wasn’t far off, showing how to get a meal.

Common Gallinule Adult and Chicks
Common Gallinule Adult and Chicks

Safety in numbers, the family stuck pretty close together.

Common Gallinule Chick
Common Gallinule Chicks

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
August 31, 2022

Common Gallinule Learning The Ropes

My apologies if anyone gets notice of this post twice. I picked the wrong post to schedule, after this had already posted, and now can’t undo it. 🙃

We often refer to Common Gallinules as the early warning system. Any bird in the area who didn’t know we are coming does after what All About Birds describes as

“all sorts of chickenlike clucks, whinnies, cackles, squawks, and yelps. They often call while hidden from view, leaving you wondering what lurks in the marsh. The rapid series of clucks sounds vaguely raptorlike, but the series often ends with what sounds like a laugh.”

The clatter is often accompanied by or followed by them running across the water. The whole business is quite startling for all concerned.

Adult and Juvenile Common Gallinule
Adult and Juvenile Common Gallinule

This young bird appeared to be trying out his vocal skills, but I never heard a peep.

Adult and Juvenile Common Gallinule
Adult and Juvenile Common Gallinule

Mom just paddled along, saving the water running for another lesson.

Adult and Juvenile Common Gallinule
Adult and Juvenile Common Gallinule

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
July 29, 2022

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Two Common Gallinules were making a splash.

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

A little dispute ensued…

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

A point was made…

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Face off!

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Ok, it’s all over, nothing more to see…

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Or not!

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Common Gallinule Chicks

The Common Gallinule chicks I saw last week wandered in and out of some pond-side vegetation going through the water, and sometimes just plomping down to rest.

Common Gallinule Chicks
Common Gallinule Chicks

The top of this little one’s head with the orange peaking through reminded me of the old tv ads for spray on hair for men.

Common Gallinule Chick
Common Gallinule Chick

The whole family came together after doing some individual exploring.

Common Gallinule Family
Common Gallinule Family

June 8, 2021

Got Feet?

Common Gallinules are in the Rail family, and have feet more like a chicken than a duck.

Common Gallinule Chick
Common Gallinule Chicks

These juveniles looked a bit awkward when they were resting, with their feet having grown faster than the rest of their bodies.

Common Gallinule Chick
Common Gallinule Chick

They had no trouble getting around; I saw them walking through some grass.

Common Gallinule Chick
Common Gallinule Chick

And then into shallow water.

Common Gallinule Chick
Common Gallinule Chick

June 8, 2021

Gallinule Family

Gallinules announce their presence vocally so I knew there were some nearby when I walked the dike around the old rice field pond at Magnolia a couple weeks ago.

Gallinule Family
Gallinule Family

I finally spotted some…one adult, two older juveniles and a few chicks. There are at least three chicks under the larger birds, and two more to the left in the reeds.

Gallinule Family
Gallinule Family

Interestingly the young chicks have the orange beak of a mature adult, but as they get older they turn all grey.  Of course with six or more birds they are never all looking the same way at once.

Gallinule Family
Gallinule Family

The banks of the dike are overgrown most of the way around limiting view into the water.

August 4, 2020

Common Gallinule

I hear Common Gallinules more often than see them. Per All About Birds they “make all sorts of chicken-like clucks, whinnies, cackles, squawks, and yelps.” Needless to say, many a birder has jumped when that racket starts, often accompanied by one or more Gallinules running across the water to safety.  I often refer to them as the early warning system for other ducks and wildlife I might have been hoping to see.

Common Gallinule
Common Gallinule

These images were taken on different days, but in the same area. The stump in the image above is newly sticking out of the water as the rice field pond has been drained for repairs.

The red bill in the image below looks almost like fake plastic, but that is how they look. Bald Eagles will stalk Gallinules in this pond and I wonder how that beacon of red appears to them.

Common Gallinule
Common Gallinule