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Common Gallinule - Gallinula galeata

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

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Copyright by: The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, all rights reserved.
General Description
The Common Gallinule breeds in scattered locations throughout the eastern U.S. and is a year-round resident of Florida, the Gulf Coast, and the south Atlantic Coast (Bannor and Kiviat 2002). Western populations of this species are year-round residents, occurring along the coast of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas (Sibley 2014). In Montana, the Common Gallinule has a single record and is considered an accidental species (Montana Bird Distribution Committee 2012).

For a comprehensive review of the conservation status, habitat use, and ecology of this and other Montana bird species, please see Marks et al. 2016, Birds of Montana.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1

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Relative Density


(direct evidence "B")

(indirect evidence "b")

No evidence of Breeding
(transient "t")

(regular observations "W")

(at least one obs. "w")


(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

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Common Gallinule — Gallinula galeata.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from