There are two types of gallinules found in Cuba. The colourful Purple Gallinule and the Common Gallinule, who was until recently known as the Common Moorhen, a name associated with the Common Moorhen seen in Eurasia. The Common Gallinule is found throughout the Cuban island. The gallinules are in the same family as the rails, having large feet with long toes. With these oversized feet, the gallinule has the ability to walk across the shallow weedbeds located on the surface of the water.
The gallinules are birds whose habitat is located in marshes, ponds and canals. These water birds are content with open areas of water mixed with bullrushes and lily pads.