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The Purple Swamphen comes in the rail family Rallidae. 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.
The Purple Swamphen prefers wet areas with high rainfall, swamps, lake edges and damp pastures.
The species is considered to be Least Concern globally by the IUCN.