Purple Swamphen also called the Purple Moorhen is found near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat.
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Scientific Name : Porphyrio porphyrio
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Aves
Order : Gruiformes
Family : Rallidae
Genus : Porphyrio
Species : P. porphyrio
How do I identify this bird:
Observe this bird carefully in the photo gallery above and note the following :
- It is about 45-50 cms long
- It is large in size
- It is a Purplish blue rail which is handsome but clumsy
- It has long red legs and toes
- It has a huge red bill
- Its forehead is bald and red (frontal shield)
- It has a white patch under its stumpy tail (can be seen when flicked up in each step)
- Both male and female are alike
- The juvenile is greyer with duller bill
Where do I find this bird:
- It is found in pairs or in groups in swampy reed beds.
- You can find groups of them in swampy reeds a kilometre away from DPS Tapi.
- It stalks through the vegetation with jerky bobbing of head and flicking of tail just like the waterhen and the flight and general behaviour of both of them are similar.
- It also occasionally clambers clumsily up the reed stems.
- It feeds on shoots and vegetable matter and also insects and molluscs. It is locally destructive to the paddy crops. It makes a variety of loud hooting and hoarse sounds.
Hindi : Kharim, Kalim, Kaim, Khima
Gujarati : Neel kukadi
Bengali : Kaim, Kam pakhi
Assamese : Kham sorai
Malayalam : Neela khozhi