Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

Join Project Noah Today

American Purple Gallinule

Porphyrio martinicus


The purple gallinule is a swamphen since it has the genus Porphyrio. They are in the order Gruiformes, which means "crane-like", and within the order there are cranes, rails, and crakes. The purple gallinule is a rail species which places them into the family, Rallidae. This gallinule is a striking bird, big, brightly colored, and noisy. With its strong legs and long toes, it runs about on open shorelines, walks on floating lily pads, and clambers through marshes and waterside trees, flicking its short tail nervously. Nods its head as it swims; flies short distances with legs dangling conspicuously. Found mainly in the southeast and the tropics, but single birds sometimes stray far to the north at any season.


Orlando Wetlands Park

No species ID suggestions

Florida, USA

Lat: 28.58, Long: -81.00

Spotted on Jan 5, 2019
Submitted on Jan 6, 2019

Related spottings

Purple Swamphen Purple Swamphen Purple Moorhen Calamón

Nearby spottings

Pileated Woodpecker American Goldfinch Little Blue Heron (immature) Downy Woodpecker