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.

More ID Info
image of range map for Purple GallinuleRange map provided by Birds of North AmericaExplore Maps
Other Names
  • Calamoncillo Americano (Spanish)
  • Talève violacée (French)
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