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There are two types of gallinules found in North America. The colourful Purple Gallinule found in the more southern regions of North Ameica and the Common Gallinule, who was just recently, known as the Common Moorehen. The Common Gallinule is found throughout the continent, right into the southern regions of Canada. Gallinules are in the same family as the rails, having large feed with long toes. With these over sized feet, the gallinule has the ability to walk across the shallow weed beds floating on the surface of the water.
The gallinules are birds, whose habitat is found is marshes. These water birds are are content with open areas of water, mixed with bullrushes and lily pads.