Porphyrio porphyrio

Written by on November 19, 2010 in Indonesia Bird with 0 Comments

Porphyrio porphyrio, Purple Swamphen, Mandar Besar, Kuaukerdil Sumatera

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The Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio), also known as the African Purple Swamphen, Purple Moorhen, Purple Gallinule or Purple Coot, is a large bird in the family Rallidae (rails). From its name in French, tal? sultane, it is also known as the Sultana Bird. It should not be confused with the American Purple Gallinule, Porphyrio martinica. The common name in New Zealand, used for the subspecies P. p. melanotus, is Pūkeko, which is the Māori name.

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