Diet of the introduced gough moorhen gallinula comeri on tristan da cunha

Alexander L. Bond, Gregory T.W. McClelland

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GOUGH MOORHENS Gallinula comeri were introduced to Tristan da Cunha in the 1950s, and are now numerous in lowland habitat, filling the ecological niche of the extinct Tristan Moorhen G. nesiotis. On their native Gough Island, moorhens have a varied diet, ranging from vegetation and fruits to scavenging and even predatory behaviour. Here, we examined the stomach contents of four birds on Tristan da Cunha to provide insight into their diet. Moorhens mostly ate vegetation, but we also recorded spiders (Arthropoda: Aranea), earthworms (Oligochaeta: Lumbrici-dae), remains of introduced rodents (Mus musculus), and anthropogenic debris. As on Gough Island, moorhens on Tristan have a generalist diet, and the impact of ecosystem restoration (and of the moorhens themselves) should be considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-112
Number of pages6
JournalOrnis Svecica
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Endemic species
  • Generalism
  • Island
  • Predation
  • Scavenging
  • South Atlantic Ocean


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