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Purple Gallinule

The American Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica) is a “swamp hen” in the rail family Rallidae. A medium-sized rail (33 centimetres (13 in) in length) with big yellow feet, purple-blue plumage with a green back, and red and yellow bill. It has a pale blue forehead shield and white undertail.

Juveniles are brown overall with a brownish olive back. These gallinules will fly short distances with dangling legs. Their breeding habitat is warm swamps and marshes in southeastern states of the United States and the tropical regions of Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America. This species is resident in southern Florida and the tropics, but most American birds are migratory, wintering south to Argentina.

About Brenda

"Brenda adores the birds. She is enchanted with their grace, their beauty. It was the birds and being out among them that gave her the peace she so needed and forged a new passion She uses a camera to capture those incredible moments, to savor them and share them with others. For her the camera was freedom. Brenda spent her life healing others, and dealing with incredible pain and despair. The world of birds and nature and photography was what she turned to in order to see the beautiful side of the world" Eric Curtis Cummings
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8 Responses to “P” is for ..

  1. k~ says:

    Oh this is a bright, pretty bird. Beautiful colours can be found in the south eastern corner of the US. I remember the first time I set foot on St. George Island, I WISHED I had brought my camera with me 🙂

  2. Amy Morgan says:

    What a stunning bird. I’ve never seen anything like that here in the north east!

  3. Kathy says:

    I love the colors of this unusual bird!!

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

  4. Jo says:

    Another first for me! How beautiful. ♥

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