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Purple Gallinule Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A chicken-sized rail with a heavy conical bill, short tail (often cocked), a compact body, and very long legs and toes.

    Relative Size

    Slightly smaller than an American Coot, larger than a Sora.

    Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 13.0-14.6 in (33-37 cm)
      • Weight: 7.2-10.3 oz (203-291 g)
      • Wingspan: 21.6-22.1 in (55-56 cm)