Azure Gallinules

Rails

Photo Wanted The Azure Gallinule (Porphyrio flavirostris) is a species of bird in the Rallidae family.


Distribution / Range

It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States and Venezuela.

It is found in freshwater marshes where there is floating vegetation and this includes marshy edges of rivers and lakes.


Description

The bill and frontal shield is a pale greenish-yellow.The wing coverts are greenish-blue while the back and tail are browner. The throat and underparts are white while the legs are yellow.


Nesting / Breeding

Nest is an open cup of leaves concealed in dense marsh vegetation. Clutch size is 4-5 eggs, incubated by both parents.


Diet / Feeding

Diet consists of invertebrates, insects and seeds taken from water and vegetation. Climbs in reed stems to bend them over water to pick up food.

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