Porphyrio martinicus

Common Names: American purple gallinule, swamp hen, yellow-legged gallinule
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Rails, Gallinules, & Coots

This is a medium-sized rail. The adult purple gallinule has big yellow feet, purple-blue plumage with a green back, and red and yellow bill. It has a pale blue forehead shield and white undertail. Darkness or low light can dim the bright purple-blue plumage of the adult to make them look dusky or brownish, although the forehead shield color differentiates them from similar species such as common gallinules. Juveniles are brown overall with a brownish olive back.

May occupy dense vegetation in damp environments near lakes, swamps, or rivers.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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