The Common Gallinule is one of the most common wetland birds in our area of the southeastern U.S., and they are very prolific. They have 1-2 broods a year, and each clutch can have as many as 3-15 eggs (All About Birds).
Formerly known as the Common Moorhen, this member of the Rail family is closely related to the Purple Gallinule. In fact, Purple and Common Gallinule chicks are nearly identical when very young, with distinguishing features becoming more visible as they develop (Audubon).
After the Common Moorhen chicks have hatched, with their bald heads, bulging eyes, and tiny wings, they are uncommonly cute to watch as they follow their parents around, learning to forage for themselves.