Purple Swamphen

Porphyrio porphyrio poliocephalus

Order

GRUIFORMES

Family

Rails, Gallinules and Coots (Rallidae)

Code 4

PUSW

Code 6

PORPOP

ITIS

HEAD

Purple Swamphen Head Illustration.jpg
  • Bill Shape: All-purpose
  • Eye Color: Iris is reddish orange to brownish orange.
  • Head pattern: Plain, Unique pattern
  • Crown Color: Light blue, light purple, or bluish-gray crown.
  • Forehead Color: Red shield on forehead.
  • Nape Color: Nape is blue, blue-gray, or purplish-gray.
  • Throat Color: Throat color can be blue, blue-purple, blue-gray, or turquoise.
  • Cere color: No Data

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BODY

Purple Swamphen Body Illustration.jpg
  • Length Range: 38-51 cm (15-20 in)
  • Weight: 623-666 g (22-23.5 oz)
  • Size: Large (16 - 32 in)
  • Color Primary: Blue, Purple or Violet
  • Underparts: Underparts are deep blue to purple.
  • Upperparts: Upperparts are blue, purple, purplish blue, or turquoise.
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Solid

FLIGHT

Purple Swamphen Flight Illustration.jpg
  • Flight Pattern: Direct flight with labored wing beats and legs dangling, but prefers to walk.
  • Wingspan Range: 89-99 cm (35-39 in)
  • Wing Shape: Broad-Wings, Rounded-Wings
  • Tail shape: Rounded Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Solid
  • Upper Tail: Upper tail is blue, purplish blue, or brownish blue.
  • Under Tail: White
  • Leg Color: Legs are pinkish gray.
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