American Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica) - HBW 3, p. 198
French: Talève violacée
Spanish: Calamoncillo Americano
Other common names: Purple Gallinule(!)
Taxonomy: Fulica martinica Linnaeus, 1766, Martinique, West Indies.
Sometimes placed in Gallinula or Porphyrula. Forms superspecies with P. alleni. Monotypic.
Distribution: Interior E USA; Pacific coast from Nayarit and Atlantic coast from Maryland and Delaware, S through SE USA, Central America, West Indies and N & C South America S to S Peru and N Argentina. N populations winter S from Texas and Florida.
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VideosSee all 38 videos
adults attempting copulation Locality Brazos Bend State Park, Fort Bend County, Texas, USA (United States)
Malcolm Mark Swan 26 April 2009 4 years ago 1 min 4 sec 4.9
An adult foraging in a wetland Locality Guapi Açu Ecological Reserve (REGUA), Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 13 July 2007 6 years ago 41 sec 4.8
adults foraging before fleeing moorhen Locality Brazos Bend State Park, Fort Bend County, Texas, USA (United States)
Malcolm Mark Swan 26 April 2009 4 years ago 46 sec 4.8
An adult cautiously searching for food on a small pond. Locality Tikal National Park, Petén Department, Guatemala (Monotypic species)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 5 August 2005 7 years ago 24 sec 4.7
A adult bird foraging. Locality Chaparrí Reserve, Lambayeque Department, Peru (Monotypic species)
Yoel Jimenez 17 November 2012 32 weeks ago 52 sec 4.6
Feeding on a sorghum plant then flying away. Locality Lagoa dos Gatos, Pernambuco State, Brazil (Monotypic species)
Nick Athanas 9 July 2010 3 years ago 22 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 37 photos
Locality Shark Valley, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA (United States)
Paul Cools 10 February 2009 1 year ago 4.7
Male - standing at the edge of a small pond amongst the reeds.
Locality José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden, Bogotá, Colombia
Blair Wainman 20 June 2006 5 years ago 4.5
American Purple Gallinule - First observation in Portugal
Locality Lisbon, Lisbon Region, Portugal
José Frade 8 November 2013 23 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Rahamut Trace, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
Sanjiv Parasram 27 September 2011 2 years ago 4.2
Adult bird in the early morning sun.
Locality Caroni ricefields, Caroni, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
nigel lallsingh 20 August 2011 2 years ago 4.1
Adult Purple Gallinule on boat dock.
Locality Everglades National Park, Florida, USA (United States)
kevinguse 27 April 2007 1 year ago 4
An individual calling. Locality Colonia Teresa, San Javier, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
Bernabé Lopez Lanús 22 March 2010 9 weeks ago 4
A bird calling. Locality Colonia Teresa, San Javier, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
Bernabé Lopez Lanús 19 February 2010 9 weeks ago 4
Tk tk tk tk call. Locality Ceibas, Entre Ríos Province, Argentina
Bernabé Lopez Lanús 1 December 2001 9 weeks ago 4