Swamphen, Purple


Name: Swamphen, Purple

Scientific name: Porphyrio porphyrio

Type: Hen

Color: Green,Purple,Red

Habitat: Water

Size: 47cm

Conservation status:

Resident Breeder


Almost twice the size of Moorhen; huge red bill and frontal shield; red legs prominent. Plumage mostly uniform bluish with greyish head and neck. Swims with body stooped forward like Moorhen; white undertail-coverts often striking. In flight, shape like huge Moorhen with blue wings and long red legs. Juvenile drabber with greyish underparts, dull red legs and greyish bill. Generally shy and often in cover.