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This small water bird with lobed silvery/grey feet and its
distinctive white “shield” above its beak and shiny black/sooty grey feathers
is often confused with a moorhen.
The moorhen has a red”shield”
An easy way to remember is the moorhen
has an “R” in its name.
They feed on aquatic plants like duckweed and grasses and also snails and larvae and some soft seeds.
They are 36 to 38cm in length and have a wingspan of between 70 and 80cm and weigh in at around 600 to 900g
There are 31,000 breeding pairs in the uk.