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Purple Swamp-hen (Porphyrio porphyrio)

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Purple Swamp-hen (Porphyrio porphyrio) - Purple Swamp-hen
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Purple Swamp-hen
Resident (very localised breeder; has colonised Navarre recently).
Large rail with long, clumsy legs. Red bill, shield and legs. Bluish plumage with white, under tail coverts. Almost always in marsh vegetation. Rarely seen in flight.
Similar species
Moorhen and Common Coot.
All year round.
Seeing the species
Difficult due to its evasive habits. Easier out the breeding season.
Where to watch it

Recommended observation points: Laguna de Pitillas.

Times of the year present: todo el año.

Observation: difícil, por sus costumbres esquivas. Se deja ver algo más fuera de la época de reproducción.

Nature: residente (reproductor muy localizado; ha colonizado Navarra reciéntemente).

Description: gran rálido de largas y desgarbadas patas. Pico, escudete y patas rojas. Plumaje azulado e infracobertoras caudales blancas. Casi siempre entre la vegetación palustre. Rara vez se le ve volar.

Similar species: Gallineta común y Focha común.

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