American Purple Gallinule

American Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica), Green Cay Wetlands, FL

American Purple GallinulesThe American Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica) is a "swamp hen" in the rail family Rallidae.

 

Distribution / Range

Their breeding habitat is warm swamps and marshes in southeastern states of the United States and the tropical regions of Central America and the Caribbean. This species is resident in southern Florida and the tropics, but most American birds are migratory, wintering south to Argentina.

This species is a very rare vagrant to western Europe.

American Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica)

 

Purple GallinuleDescription

This medium-sized rail is unmistakable, with its huge yellow feet, purple-blue plumage with a green back, and red and yellow bill. It has a pale blue forehead shield and white undertail.\

These gallinules will fly short distances with dangling legs.

Immature birds are brown rather than purple.

Similar Species:

There is a similar species in southern Europe, the Purple Swamphen, Porphyrio porphyrio, but that bird is much larger.

 

Breeding / Nesting

The nest is a floating structure in a marsh. Five to ten eggs are laid. Their coloration is buff with brown spots.

 

Diet / Feeding

The American PurpleGallinule's diet consists of a wide variety of plant and animal matter, including seeds, leaves and fruits of both aquatic and terrestrial plants, as well as insects, frogs, snails, spiders, earthworms and fish. It has also been known to eat the eggs and young of other birds.

American Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica)

American Purple Gallinule

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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