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Purple swamphen

Porphyrio porphyrio

Description:

Recalls an outsized moorhen in outline but colours are striking. Adult has violet-blue plumage with blue face and red eyes, legs and bill. Undertail is white and exposed as bird nervously flicks its tail.

Habitat:

Favours brackish water with standing water, reedbeds and freshwater marshes. Feeds on underwater stems of waterplants.

Notes:

A rare species in the region, only found in small populations in S Iberian Peninsula, Mallorca, Sardinia and Turkey. This one was spotted in the Rio Formosa Natural Par, in a reedy lake.

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Dangermouse
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Dangermouse

Algarve, Portugal

Spotted on Jul 15, 2012
Submitted on Jul 22, 2012

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