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Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio - (Linnaeus) 1758)


The Purple Swamphen has silky purple-blue plumage with metallic gloss on throat and breast, contrasting with the white undertail coverts.  Purple Swamphen lives in swamps, lagoons, ponds and freshwater marshes, with reedbeds and dense floating vegetation, and also in flooded fields. This species needs aquatic vegetation for breeding.
Purple Swamphen usually retreats quickly under cover if disturbed. This bird may climb readily into marshy vegetation, and also very high in bushes. It remains close to cover, but we can find it in the open by day.