The common moorhen is a gallinule
any of various gruiform marsh birds (family Rallidae) that both swim and wade; esp., the moorhen
Origin of gallinuleModern Latin ; from Classical Latin gallinula, pullet, diminutive of gallina: see gallinaceous
Any of various waterbirds of the family Rallidae, frequenting swampy regions and characteristically having dark iridescent plumage and a colorful area where the bill extends onto the forehead.
Origin of gallinuleLatin gallīnula, pullet, diminutive of gallīna, hen; see gallinaceous.
From Latin gallinula