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any aquatic bird of the genus Porphyrio
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Noun1.porphyrio - Old World purple gallinulesPorphyrio - Old World purple gallinules    
bird genus - a genus of birds
family Rallidae, Rallidae - rails; crakes; gallinules; coots
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(Porphyrio simplex) was shot near the summit of the mountain, and it was evidently a solitary straggler.
NATURAL HABITAT A beautiful pair of purple swamphens (Porphyrio porphyrio) forages for frogs and fish by the water's edge (Gregg Yan/Best Alternatives)
A total of 14 species were inventoried during the study period: White-headed Duck, Garganey Anas querquedula, Eurasian Teal Anas crecca, Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula, Ferruginous Duck, Mallard Anas platyrhyncos, Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata, Gadwall Anas strepera, Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope, Northern Pintail Anas acuta, and Common Pochard Aythya ferina (Anatidae); and Common Coot Fulica atra, Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus, and Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio (Rallidae).
(2015) Dispersal and speciation in purple swamphens (Rallidae: Porphyrio).
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(%) events Species H5N1 2005-06 H5N8 2014-15 group Species epizootic epizootic Rails Eurasian coot 5 (1) (Fulica atra) Crested coot (Fulica cristata) Purple swamphen 4 (1) (Porphyrio porphyrio) Common moorhen 1 (0.2) (Gallinula chloropus) Total 10 (2) Swans Unspecified.
Animals are known to forage both during the day and at night (Watts and Aslin 1981; Gardner and Serena 1995), and to feed on aquatic species ranging in size from insects and spiders to sizable fish and adult waterbirds (including ducks, grebes, Eurasian Coot Fulica atra, Western Purple Swamp Hen Porphyrio porphyrio and Short-tailed Shearwater Puffinus tenuirostris) (Woollard et al.
Yet Dryden and other playwrights could take advantage of fairy sexuality to multiply the erotic scenarios of The Tempest, while Keats, in "The Eve of St Agnes," could still exploit the traditional eroticism of fairy writing in a "romantic" sexualization of Madeline and her lover Porphyrio's bedroom encounter.