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Gray-headed Swamphen Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A large, heavyset, chickenlike bird with long legs, long toes, a thick neck and head, heavy bill, and short tail often held cocked.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Purple Gallinule, smaller than a Limpkin.

    Relative Sizebetween crow and goosebetween crow and goose

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 15.0-19.7 in (38-50 cm)
      • Weight: 17.8-30.0 oz (505-850 g)
      • Wingspan: 35.4-39.4 in (90-100 cm)