swamphen

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Noun1.swamphen - any of various small aquatic birds of the genus Gallinula distinguished from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hensswamphen - any of various small aquatic birds of the genus Gallinula distinguished from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hens
aquatic bird - wading and swimming and diving birds of either fresh or salt water
Florida gallinule, Gallinula chloropus cachinnans - North American dark bluish-grey gallinule
Gallinula chloropus, moorhen - black gallinule that inhabits ponds and lakes
purple gallinule - gallinules with showy purplish plumage
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At Lake Qaroun on my recent trips, the swamphens have been positively coquettish flaunting their purpleness for the binoculars.
The Ruwais records were the only reports of apparently wild Purple Swamphens in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi until April 2011, when one was observed by the present author at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, a site managed by the Environment Agency--Abu Dhabi, EAD, and situated 40km south-east of Abu Dhabi city.
Subspecies and possible origin of Purple Swamphens occurring in the UAE
Harriers, herons, swamphens and more birds can all be seen at this time of year -- and you won't even have to leave the city to find some of them
Those reedbeds off Maadi could also yield Purple Swamphens or Gallinules, great purple-green rail-types with stonking great crimson bills, legs and feet.