Key information: The Moorhen is a common waterbird that is found in Cyprus all year round. It has a red bill with a yellow tip and a white line on its side and under its tail. It is quite noisy and will often chase away other Moorhens or other bird species that enter its territory. It is usually found at the water’s edge or near it, looking for food. It is a bit smaller than the Coot.
Length: 27 – 31 cm
When they can be seen: All year round
What they eat: Invertebrates, fish, seeds
In Cyprus: Can be seen at all wetlands of Cyprus
Status: Passage migrant, winter visitor, resident breeder
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis