Tag: Common Gallinule

Moorhen gallinula chloropus females lay eggs of different size and b-carotene content

Common Gallinule (Gallinula chloropus) Science Article 5 abstract In birds, carotenoids deposited in the eggs can influence the progeny?s prospects of survival. As a potentially limiting resource, carotenoids should be allocated optimally by the mother during egg production. The Moorhen Gallinula chloropus produces large clutches. We tested if females differ in their allocation of macronutrients […]

When do helpers help ? Food availability and helping in the moorhen, Gallinula chloropus

Common Gallinule (Gallinula chloropus) Science Article 3 abstract The importance of food availability as a constraint upon cooperative behaviour was ex amined by providing supplementary food on some breeding territories of a population of moorhens (Gallinula chloropus). First brood juveniles on territories provided with food were more likely to feed their younger second brood siblings. […]

Small, fat male moorhens Gallinula chloropus are healthier

Common Gallinule (Gallinula chloropus) Science Article 4 abstract Analysing the variation in time along the autumn and winter of the extent of the fat reserves of adult male moorhens. In the period preceding pair formation (February 2003), the relationship was obtained between body size (represented by tarsus length) and an effective index of fat reserves […]

Brood parasitism and cooperative nestingin the moorhen, Gallinula chloropus

Common Gallinule (Gallinula chloropus) Science Article 1 abstract During a two year study of the moorhen, Gallinula chloropus, a quarter of the nests found had two or more females laying in them. This was the result of two features of the moorhens’ breeding biology: (1) Cooperative nesting; two (or more) females were paired to the […]

Common Gallinule (Gallinula chloropus)

[order] GRUIFORMES | [family] Rallidae | [latin] Gallinula chloropus | [UK] Common Gallinule | [FR] Gallinule poule-d’eau | [DE] Teichhuhn | [ES] Gallereta Comun | [NL] Waterhoen Subspecies Monotypic species Genus Physical charateristics Medium-sized gallinule, with prominent bill and frontal shield and habit of constantly flirting tail, exhibiting white under tail-coverts. Looks essentially black at […]