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  African Purple Swamphen

 

Porphyrio madagascariensis

(223) 43 cm; 595 g

SEXES  Alike, M > F. All-red bill and red frontal shield separate it from smaller American Purple Gallinule (rare). Much larger than Allen’s Gallinule (which has a blue frontal shield).

JUV  Initially black, becoming paler and greyer than ad with blackish—red frontal shield.

STATUS  Locally common resident, mostly sedentary.

HABITAT  Freshwater bodies fringed with dense vegetation.

FOOD  Omnivorous.

CALL Plaintive nasal rattles: quinquinkrrkrrquinquinkrn..

BR  Monogamous. Bulky bowl nest placed over water

ALT NAME  Purple Gallinule.

 

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Sap001

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Sap002

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Sap003

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Sap004

Xaxanaka

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Sap005

Xaxanaka

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Sap006

Xaxanaka

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Sap007

Xaxanaka

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

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