Species Details

@MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);

Purple Swamphen Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Porphyrio porphyrio
Family : Rallidae
Order : Gruiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Purple Coot, Purple Gallinule
Habitat : Haors
Description : The Purple Swamphen is a large swamp bird with attractive purple-blue plumage and red shield, bill and legs (adult bird length approximately 45 cm, weight 650 g, wing 26 cm, bill 4.5 cm, tarsus 9 cm, tail 10 cm). It looks purplish-blue all over. Both sexes have blood-red irises, a stout red bill. It feeds on seeds, grains, grassroots, small water plants, insects and mollusks. It breeds in April-September
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Fernand DEROUSSEN(www.xeno-canto.org/Fernand DEROUSSEN), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.