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Purple Swamphen

Purple Swamphen
Photo: Courtesy of
 Naturalist Guide Damon Ramsey  


PURPLE SWAMPHEN: Porphyrio porphyrio

Identifying characteristics: 

  • Has brick-red colour bill and frontal shield.

  • Head an upperparts black, while underparts and wings are a deep blue to purple-black colour.


  • Found mostly in northern and eastern parts of Australia but can also be found in southern parts of Western Australia.


  •  Found in swamps and marshy paddocks


  • Call is a harsh screaming 'hee-ow' noise.


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Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
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