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Common Gallinule

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A closeup of the Common Gallinule. I like the way the beak goes up onto its forehead like a shield | 01/14/2023


The American Kestrel is the Americas' smallest falcon. It’s around the size of a Rock Dove (pigeon) and has similar markings on its face as the Peregrine Falcon. I see it most often at the park perched on power lines white it surveys the field. It does this cool maneuver where it flaps fast and hovers in the air while it looks for a meal.

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First observation

📆 01/08/2023
📍 South Padre Island, Texas

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Experiences & anecdotes

12/16/2022 - Similar to an American Coot, I observed many Common Gallinules at the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. Similar in size, they were intermingling and enjoying the nice weather we had while we visited. They also cooperated by making some noise offering an opportunity to record them.

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This Common Gallinule is preening near the reeds | 01/13/2023


A Common Gallinule swims in shallow water. | 01/13/2023

Audio recordings

  • ML522075421 - 0:12
    • The calls of the Common Gallinule

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