Rosi Mulholland

Food Habits of the Common Moorhen and Purple Gallinule in North-Central Florida

The food habits of common moorhens (Gallinula chloropus) and purple gallinules (Porphyrula martinica) on a north-central Florida lake were studied through monthly analysis of gizzard contents from May 1981 through April 1982. Common moorhens consumed an average volume of 93% plant and 7% animal food, whereas purple gallinules consumed an average volume of 71% plant and 29% animal food. The major foods of the common moorhen were leaves and stems of Hydrilla verticillata, seeds of Polygonum spp., and snails, Planorbella spp. The major foods of purple gallinules were seeds of Nuphar luteum...