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Purple Swamphen

Porphyrio porphyrio


Porphyrio is the swamphen genus of birds in the rail family. They have a beautiful blueish purple body, black wings and a red beak. Also known locally as the pūkeko, African purple swamphen, purple moorhen, purple gallinule or purple coot. This chicken-sized bird, with its large feet, bright plumage and red bill and frontal shield is easily recognisable in its native range.


coastal wildlife corridor and wetlands

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Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Sep 28, 2014
Submitted on Oct 4, 2014

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