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).
(%) 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.
Month Species Description April Red-Wattled Lapwing One nest with two chicks and one egg in T2, Z2 (GPS coordinates: 0706280, 3436379) Purple Swamphen
One empty nest T2, Z2 Graceful Prinia We did not count the numbers of nests Warbler One empty nest in T2, Z3 House Sparrow We did not count the numbers of nests Iraq Babbler One nest in T1, Z2 May Warbler spp.
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).
The Purple Swamphen
Porphyrio porphyrio is a large and spectacular (although often reclusive) gallinule with a very wide world range.
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
. The most common raptor circling above the reed beds and open water of the lagoons is probably the marsh harrier, but two species of eagle also haunt the lagoons during the winter and spring months.
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.
The least abundant birds were Kentish Plover,Common Moorhen, Purple Swamphen
, Common Redshank, Common Greenshank, Intermediate Egret, Purple Heron, Grey Heron, Indian River Tern, Common Tern and Marsh Harrier among other species whose abundance values were even less than one (Tables I, II).The area covered by lake was calculated by using GIS techniques.
Scores of twitchers have travelled hundreds of miles to get a glimpse of the Purple Gallinule or Swamphen
that has settled into Saltney.
Bird Density in Marsh Swamp: Yellow-vented Bulbul - Pycnonotus goiavier (11.81 +- 1.30 birds/ha), Peaceful Dove - Geopelia striata (10.03 +- 1.68 birds/ha), Pink- necked Green Pigeon - Treron vernans (8.91 +- 1.37 birds/ha), Purple Swamphen
- Porphyrio porphyrio (7.94 +- 1.36 birds/ha) and Scaly-breasted Munia - Gallirallus striatus (7.93 +- 3.84 birds/ha) were five most dominant species in marsh swamp habitat.