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PURPLE SWAMP HEN
Porphyrio porphyrio

Range:
Eastern and norther Australia

Purple swamphens are often recognized by their purple or indigo chest. The birds’ purple coloring stands out against their contrasting orange feet and bill. The Purple swamphens are bulky birds and prefer to swim or rest on the edge of water. Despite their size, the birds are very capable fliers. When the birds fly they drag their long legs behind them. Their long legs make their take offs and landings difficult.





Habitat: Freshwater swamps, streams, and marshes
Diet: Frogs and snails
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Length: 17-18 inches
Lifespan: 9 years.
Reproduction & Offspring: 23-29 day incubation period.

 

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