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Robert Abraham

Purmerend, Netherlands

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The Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio), also known as the African Purple Swamphen, Purple Moorhen, Purple Gallinule, Pūkeko or Purple Coot, is a large bird in the family Rallidae (rails). From its name in French, talève sultane, it is also known as the Sultana Bird. This chicken-sized bird, with its huge feet, bright plumage and red bill and frontal shield is unmistakable in its native range.

This photo is of the subspecies Porphyrio porphyrio bellus, also known locally as the Western Swamphen.

There are 13 or more subspecies of the Purple Swamphen which differ mainly in plumage colour.

Lake Sepping, Albany in Western Australia.

Canon 7D, 100-400 mm lens

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