Purple Swamphen (Gallinule)
Porphyrio madagascariensis
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The purple swamphen is a large gallinule with white under-tail coverts, a large red bill and frontal shield and long red legs and toes. The upper photo was taken at Lake Eyasi (7-17); second row, Lake Manyara (2-19; the 3rd row sub-adult at Nanja Dam (1-21), courtesy of Per Holmen. The next four photos of an immature were taken at Lake Eyasi (8-10), courtesy of Nani Schmeling. The left 6th row immature was at Lake Manyara (9-14), courtesy of Mary Caisley; the right 6th row adult, in the Masai Mara (9-10), courtesy of Steve Brynes; the 7th row adult, in Cape Town (5/11), courtesy of Colin Beale; and the bottom juvenile, Lake Manyara (3-17), courtesy Karine Van der Vurst; click it to see 9 enlargements.
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All unattributed images on this website are:
copyright © 2001-21 Ron Eggert or David Peterson
All other images are the property of the indicated photographers:
Nani Schmeling, Steve Brynes, Colin Beale, Karine Van der Vurst
Mary Caisley, Per Holmen

Last Update this page: 4-21-21