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_____________________________________________________________________________________________ Birds – 153 – Purple Swamphens

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                        PURPLE SWAMPHEN Porphyrio porphyrio

 

·         This reaction shot image taken through a heat-haze of a Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio has certainly not been included for its photographic merit but it was the only sighting that the photographer has ever had of an elusive and secretive species and the bird was only visible for a few seconds. The relative size of this large gallinule may be ascertained by comparison with the Mallard Anas platyrhynchos on the extreme right of the photograph. This species is also known as the Purple Gallinule but this vernacular name is also used to identify a New World species P. martinicus. With thanks to Bernardo Barreto for making the arrangements for the visit to private farmland adjacent to the Tagus Estuary.

 

·         This paper ‘Purple Swamphen or Gallinule (Porphyrio porphyrio) and Humans’ gives an interesting account of the historical association of this bird with humans and the consequent effects on its geographical distribution:  https://brill.com/view/journals/soan/24/6/article-p574_4.xml?lang=en.

 

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