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American Purple Gallinule

Porphyrio martinica

Description:

The American Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica) is a "swamp hen" in the rail family Rallidae. A medium-sized rail (33 centimetres (13 in) in length) with big yellow feet, purple-blue plumage with a green back, and red and yellow bill. It has a pale blue forehead shield and white undertail. The diet of these rails is omnivorous, being known to include a wide variety of plant and animal matter, including seeds, leaves and fruits of both aquatic and terrestrial plants, as well as insects, frogs, snails, spiders, earthworms and fish. They have also been known to eat the eggs and young of other birds.

Habitat:

Their breeding habitat is warm swamps and marshes in southeastern states of the United States and the tropical regions of Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America. This species is resident in southern Florida and the tropics, but most American birds are migratory, wintering south to Argentina. The nest is a floating structure in a marsh. Five to ten eggs are laid. Their coloration is buff with brown spots.

Notes:

Spotted at the Everglades National Park

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2 Comments

July Llanes
July Llanes 9 years ago

Thank you! :)

Atul
Atul 9 years ago

lovely spotting July

July Llanes
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July Llanes

Homestead, Florida, USA

Spotted on Aug 22, 2010
Submitted on Jan 18, 2012

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