African Purple Swamphen
(223) 43 cm; 595 g
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).
Initially black, becoming paler and greyer than ad with blackish—red
Locally common resident, mostly sedentary.
Freshwater bodies fringed with dense vegetation.
Plaintive nasal rattles: quinquinkrrkrrquinquinkrn..
Monogamous. Bulky bowl nest placed over water
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