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The American purple gallinule is a member of Order Gruiformes ("crane-like") and sports a colorful shield which adorns its bill. In a certain light, the bird's dark purple plumage appears various shades of teal (seen on the neck).
This adult was spotted on the cusp of a freshwater marsh in south Florida, just north of the Everglades. The habitat (last photo) contains lily pads, which are good for nesting, and is also home to alligators, anhingas and turtles.
The purple gallinule is a resident species in southern Florida, the Gulf and Pacific coasts of Mexico, parts of Central America, and the Caribbean.
Lat: 25.72, Long: -80.74
Spotted on Dec 19, 2015
Submitted on Jan 20, 2019
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