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Purple Swamphen

(Porphyrio porphyrio)
Alternative names: "Bald Coot", "Purple Gallinule", "Purple Water-hen", "Black-backed Water-hen", "Redbill", "Puekeko*"
Size: 45-50 cm

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SUBSECTIONS:     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Taxonomy, classification

See Purple Swamphen at Wikipedia .

Sightings

We have not seen any Purple Swamphens in Oman yet, but have previously spotted them in Australia. To go to the Australian page, click here.

Photos

Race "porphyrio"

No photos from Oman available yet. To go to the Australian page, click here.

Behaviour

No information from Oman yet. To go to the Australian page, click here.

Food, Diet

To the best of our knowledge all waterhens are vegetarian. Purple Swamphens feed on reeds and aquatic plants; they are also known to feed an grassland, e.g. in urban parks.

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

We have recorded calls of Purple Swamphens in Australia. To go to the Australian page, click here.

These pages are largely based on our own observations. For more salient facts on any bird species please refer to a field guide.