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Purple Swamphen
Porphyrio porphyrio

Photo Courtesy of Birdway Australia

Photo Courtesy of Birdway Australia

Photo courtesy of Ian Clayton
Bird Family :"Crakes and Rails"
Description :Uncommon local species. Length 48cm. Eats aquatic vegetation, frogs, seeds, molluscs and small birds.
Typical Habitat :Freash water swamps and marshy paddocks.
Distribution :Common to northern and eastern Australia and south western W.A. Subspecies bellus is endemic, only recorded in Australia.
Migration :Resident / breeding at Horseshoe Bay Lagoon, Magnetic Island. Most common during the wet season. Main breeding season is all year and variable.
Introduced :No
Seen North Qld :  Yes

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