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Purple Swamphen

Porphyrio porphyrio


Purple Swamphen is a large bird in the family Rallidae (rails).The Purple Swamphen prefers wet areas with high rainfall, swamps, lake edges and damp pastures. The birds often live in pairs and larger communities. It clambers through the reeds, eating the tender shoots and vegetable-like matter. They have been known to eat eggs, ducklings, small fish and invertebrates such as snails.They will often use one foot to bring food to their mouth rather than eat it on the ground. Where they are not persecuted they can become tame and be readily seen in towns and cities.

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Atul 7 years ago

Yes we saw a lot of these at Nalsarovar too Hema !

Hema 7 years ago

I saw lots of these beauties in Kerala.

Atul 8 years ago

Thank you Yuko !!

YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Beautiful bird and amazing capture!

Atul 8 years ago

Thank you Sachin and Satyen :)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

stunning snap,,

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Fantastic shots!

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Spotted on Mar 6, 2012
Submitted on Dec 15, 2012

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