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    Purple Gallinule

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    Purple Gallinule

    Porphyrio martinica
    • ORDER: Gruiformes
    • FAMILY: Rallidae
    Basic Description

    A beautifully colored bird of southern and tropical wetlands, the Purple Gallinule can be see walking on top of floating vegetation or clambering through dense shrubs. Its extremely long toes help it walk on lily pads without sinking.

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    Other Names
    • Gallineta Morada (Spanish)
    • Talève violacée (French)
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