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Purple Gallinule

Porphyrio martinicus


A beautifully colored bird of southern and tropical wetlands, the Purple Gallinule can be see walking on top of floating vegetation or clambering through dense shrubs. Its extremely long toes help it walk on lily pads without sinking. Dark purple head, neck, and underside. Green back. Red bill tipped with yellow. Light blue forehead. Bill triangular like a chicken's, not flat like a duck's. Legs yellow.


This one was spotted along the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge near Hardeeville (Jasper County), SC.


Swims on surface of water like a duck and walks on floating plants rather like a chicken.

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South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Jul 18, 2012
Submitted on Feb 21, 2015

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