Hi Dave... If you Google Common Gallinule, you will see the explanation... listed. If I read, and understood it correctly, (at least in the States) the Species is as you say, but the breakdown into sub species is what is most interesting... It listed the Coot as a sub species which was news to me.... along with 11 others which also includes the Common Moorhen.... Hey I just enjoy shooting them... I'm glad you forced me to check as it is an education for me as well... Take care my friend...Alex
davewalters wrote in post #4471182
Hi Alex not entirely sure what you mean tbh but here in the UK we actually refer to the species as Moorhen or Waterhen. It's my understanding that the ABA refers to it as Common Gallinule to differentiate from American Purple Gallinule and Purple Gallinule (both full and different species unrelated to Coots) which is introduced, as is Moorhen to the U S of states.