Scientific name: Gallinula chloropus
A familiar black bird of our lakes, ponds and rivers, the Moorhen is widespread; look out for its large and untidy-looking nest on the water in spring. It can be distinguished from the similar Coot by its yellow legs, red beak and the white patches on its body.
Average lifespan: 3 years
Common. Classified in the UK as Green under the Birds of Conservation Concern 4: the Red List for Birds (2015). Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.