, Eastern Kingbird and Pale-legged Leaf Warbler and Red-footed Booby (stop sniggering at the back) are the latest additions.
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 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).
37 birds/ha), Purple Swamphen
- Porphyrio porphyrio (7.
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
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.
0 Pink-eared Duck Malacorhynchus membranaceus Plumed Whistling Duck Dendrocygna eytoni Purple Swamphen
Porphyrio porphyria 15 89.
Scores of twitchers have travelled hundreds of miles to get a glimpse of the Purple Gallinule or Swamphen
that has settled into Saltney.