09 March 2011

Purple Swamphen (Pangling) - Porphyrio2

 From its name in French, talève sultane, it is also known as the Sultana Bird. This chicken-sized bird, with its huge feet, bright plumage and red bill and frontal shield is unmistakable in its native range. It should not be confused with theAmerican Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinica.
There are 13 or more subspecies of the Purple Swamphen (depending on the authority) which differ mainly inplumage colour. The subspecies groups are: P. p. porphyrio in the Mediterranean, P. p. madagascariensis inAfricaP. p. poliocephalus in tropical AsiaP. p. melanotus in much of AustralasiaP. p. indicus in Indonesiaand P. p. pulverulentis in the Philippines. European birds are overall purple-blue, African and south Asian birds have a green back, and Australasian and Indonesian birds have black backs and heads.
The species is highly dispersive. Purple Swamphens are considered to be the ancestors of several island species including the extinct Lord Howe Swamphenand two species of Takahē in New Zealand.[1][2] On islands where closely related species have become extinct or declined due to human interference, such as New Zealand or New Caledonia, this species has established itself relatively recently
The species has a very loud explosive call described as a "raucous high-pitched screech, with a subdued musical tuk-tuk". It is particularly noisy during the breeding season. Despite being clumsy in flight it can fly long distances, and it is a good swimmer, especially for a bird without webbed fee


  1. Salam tank
    Very nice photos and good write up. I wish I have more time to write. Thanks for visiting Wings Among Us.

  2. Hi Tank, so happy to see your wonderful bird images here.
    Great collection!
    Have a nice day
    Hugs, Lara