Common Gallinule Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Common Gallinules are medium-sized marsh birds with long legs and toes. In profile, note the small head, thin neck, and small, thin bill. Swimming birds frequently hold their wings up, such that the wingtips stick up on the back.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Sora, smaller than a Mallard.

    Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 12.6-13.8 in (32-35 cm)
      • Weight: 10.9-16.1 oz (310-456 g)
      • Wingspan: 21.3-24.4 in (54-62 cm)