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Purple Swamphen

Porphyrio porphyrio (likely subspecies 'gray headed taxon')


A large rail type water bird that is about 18 - 24 inches in height. Similar to the American purple gallinule "Porphyrio martinicus" but larger and less colorful. Gray to white head with a red crown from the beak to top of head. Pink legs and feet.


Swampy everglades environment. This species is reclusive mostly in the brush and out of view. It seems to dwell more on the ground where the American purple gallinule often is in the top of shrubs and water plants.


This is a bird introduced from Southeast Asia and Thailand that is establishing itself in south Florida. The American Birding Association has just decided to add it to the ABA checklist.

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Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Nice spotting and information in the notes

joan6153 5 years ago

Interesting bird. While I have seen the purple gallinules (just posted one) and common gallinules, I have never seen this variety.

Mick G
Spotted by
Mick G

Boynton Beach, Florida, USA

Lat: 26.55, Long: -80.06

Spotted on Mar 15, 2014
Submitted on Apr 5, 2014

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