Avery Island Wildlife - pam-and-edmund-mcilhenny

The North American Common Gallinule is also called the Florida Gallinule, the Common Moorhen, and the Marsh Hen. In the spring, both parents incubate and feed the young. Young chicks have small spurs on their wings that allow them to climb through or cling to vegetation. If threatened, the chicks can cling to the parent's body, allowing the parent to fly to safety, carrying the young along. This bird was photographed near Bird City's observation platform in Avery Island's Jungle Gardens.

Sources: Wikipedia and Tennessee Watchable Wildlife/Common Gallinule, http://www.tnwatachablewildlife.org edit

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