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Purple Swamphen

Posted by sylvester alphonso on March 22, 2022 at 5:06 pm
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This chicken sized bird has a dazzling plumage of green, blue and purple. When it walks, it flicks its tail up and down showing the white under tail. The bill is red and extends to a shield on the forehead. The call is loud penetrating kee ow. It is an excellent swimmer but prefers to wander on the edges of water.

Sexes alike: purple blue plumage, long red legs with oversized toes, thick red beak, bald red forehead, white under stumpy tail seen when tail flicked up bald red patch on forehead smaller on female then male.