The Common Gallinule inhabits freshwater wetlands over much of North America through Central America and northern South America. They breed during the summer months in most of the eastern United States. The more northern birds migrate south during the winter months. Previously known as the Common Moorhen, the American Ornithologists Union voted in 2011 to split the American forms into a new species, the Common Gallinule.
The Common Gallinule is a year-