In her write-up published on QatarVisitor website, she ahs said that birds attracted to wetlands include black winged stilts, several species of heron, pied and common kingfishers, geese, ducks, moorhens, coots and bizarrely coloured purple swamphen
Up the road at Saltney, a purple swamphen
caused a brief flurry of excitement, but its identification as an Asian subspecies called its origin into question and the arrival of its owner to recapture it settled the matter.
On his final day, he visits Mallorca's best known birding site to chuckle at the antics of the peculiar purple swamphen
, a giant version of the moorhen with the most bizarre eating habits.
Scores of twitchers have travelled hundreds of miles to get a glimpse of the Purple Gallinule or Swamphen
that has settled into Saltney.
The Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) is a medium sized water bird (Ali 1981) which lives in marshes, lagoons, and reservoirs with appropriate vegetation cover and water depth.
The Purple Swamphen is a tropical and subtropical species with several subspecies and a distribution extending from Europe and Africa to New Zealand (Urban et al.
Nests in our study area were mostly constructed from free floating water hyacinth, which is not a rigid construction material and may have resulted in the larger swamphen nests in our study area.
Status and breeding ecology of the Purple Swamphen in Italy.
The Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) is a large rail (males: 1,050 g; females: 850 g) whose range encompasses southern Africa, southern Asia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, and New Zealand (Marchant and Higgins 1993).
We witnessed the predation of a newly-hatched Black Swan cygnet by a Purple Swamphen on 4 September 2007.
This cygnet predation event is similar to the descriptions of swamphen predation on Pacific Black Duck ducklings by Nixon (1983) and Bonser (1984).
We did not observe the swamphen feeding chicks, but its behavior suggests that it was bringing food to another individual.