purple gallinule


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purple gallinule

n.
1. A colorful gallinule (Porphyrula martinica) of Central and South America and the southeast United States, having a purple head, neck, and underparts, a greenish-bronze back, yellow legs, and a yellow-tipped red bill.

purple gallinule

n
(Animals) a long-toed purple aquatic bird, Porphyrio porphyrio (or Porphyrula martinica), of the southern US and Europe, with red legs and red bill: family Rallidae (rails, etc)
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Noun1.purple gallinule - gallinules with showy purplish plumagepurple gallinule - gallinules with showy purplish plumage
gallinule, swamphen, water hen, marsh hen - any of various small aquatic birds of the genus Gallinula distinguished from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hens
European gallinule, Porphyrio porphyrio - purple gallinule of southern Europe
American gallinule, Porphyrula martinica - American purple gallinule
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We got excellent views of one such resident, the Purple Swamphen (formerly called the Purple Gallinule but that name is now given to a similar but much smaller American species).
These observations confirm the species as having bred successfully at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve in 2013 and represent the first breeding record of Purple Gallinule in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The Purple Gallinule is thought to originate from the Far East but debate has raged about whether the visitor to Saltney's Balderton Brook is an escapee from a local collection or a genuine migrant.