Tony Keene birds.co.uk Tony Keene birds.co.uk where I'm based
 
 Artwork
      Paintings
      Sketches
 
 Photography
      Australian Birds
      Japanese Birds
      New Zealand Birds
      Swiss Birds
      British Birds
      Birds Elsewhere
      Hybrid Birds
      Escaped Birds
 
      Taxonomic list
 
      Australian Mammals   New!
      Australian Reptiles
      Australian Frogs
 
 Trip Reports
 
 Translation guide
 
All images are subject to copyright (unless otherwise stated) and may not be used or reproduced without permission.

Purple Swamphen
Porphyrio porphyrio

The Purple wamphen is a large member of the rallidae (along with coots, rail, crakes and moorhens, amongst others), measuring 44-48 cm in length. The various subspecies can be found across much of the world (apart from the Americas, where the similar American Purple Gallinule replaces it) and the subspecies found in Australia is melanotus. They are common in parks with lakes and ponds, marshes and wetlands.
 

Purple Swamphen

Purple Swamphen

Purple Swamphen

Purple Swamphen

1: Sydney Park, Sydney, NSW, 24/06/2012.
2: Centennial Park, Sydney, NSW, 22/08/2010.
3: Centennial Park, Sydney, NSW, 14/01/2011.
4: Olympic Park, NSW, 05/09/2009.