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Purple Gallinule

Porphyrio martinicus


Fresh swamps, marshes, ponds. In North America usually in extensive wetlands with still or slow-moving shallow water, lots of dense marsh cover and floating vegetation.


There were about 6 of them running around, quarreling with each other and feeding on the underside of Spatterdock leaves. I like how they meticulously fold back the lobes of the leaves with their feet to get to where the stem meets the base of the leaves.

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Homestead, Florida, United States

Spotted on Jan 15, 2022
Submitted on Jan 17, 2022

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