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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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.
It's home to the very rare purple gallinule, a type of moorhen.
Black and White Ruffed Lemurs, Black Lemurs, Ring Tailed Lemurs and Collared Lemurs share a large and extensively planted area with birds such as Night Herons, Madagascan Teal and Purple Gallinule.
In summer, the unusual purple gallinule (a local oddity with "extremely long toes, iridescent green back, purple head and underparts, blue frontal shield of naked skin on forehead, red bill with yellow tip") likes to hang out around small bodies of water and can be seen at the Tallahatchie National Wildlife Refuge near Grenada.
Mississippi State University - To continue gathering natural historical information on marsh birds such as least bittern, purple gallinule, and king, clapper, and black rails.
Since he had only a specimen on which to base his interpretation of the phalarope's habitat and behavior he grouped it with the Red Phalarope, identified from a putrid specimen he received in the mail, but then placed both phalaropes on a muddy shore near a Purple Gallinule with a Wilson's Plover running past.
Scores of twitchers have travelled hundreds of miles to get a glimpse of the Purple Gallinule or Swamphen that has settled into Saltney.