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There are two types of gallinules found in Cuba. The colourful Purple Gallinule and the Common Gallinule, who was just recently, was known as the Common Moorehen, a name associate with the Coomon Moorhen seen in Eurasia. The Common Gallinule is found throughout the Island. 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 located in marshes, ponds and canals. These water birds are are content with open areas of water, mixed with bullrushes and lily pads.