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Purple Swamphen

Porphyrio porphyrio

Description:

The Purple Swamphen is a large rail. It is mainly dusky black above, with a broad dark blue collar, and dark blue to purple below. As the Purple Swamphen walks, it flicks its tail up and down, revealing its white undertail. The bill is red and robust, and the legs and feet orange-red. For such a bulky bird, the Swamphen is an accomplished flier and will readily take to the air to escape danger. In flight, the long legs and elongated toes trail behind or hang underneath the body. Purple Swamphens are proficient swimmers, but prefer to wander on the edges of the water, among reeds and on floating vegetation.

Habitat:

Spotted in backyard dam in a pair around whistling & wood ducks.

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AliceGreenup
Spotted by
AliceGreenup

New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Jul 27, 2013
Submitted on Jul 27, 2013

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