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Alternative name: Yellow-legged Gallinule
Disambiguation: For the species Porphyrio porphyrio, see Purple Swamphen
Red bill with yellow tip, head and underparts deep violet-purple, back bronzy green, pale blue forehead shield, and white band on the flanks. The legs are yellow, very conspicuous in flight. Immatures are drab brown, dark above and pale below; no side stripe; dark bill.
A monotypic species.
Invalid taxon. Once described as an independent species, Porphyrula georgica, the South Georgia Gallinule, was later shown to just be an aberrant Purple Gallinule, and as such is considered synonymous with Porphyrio martinica.
Lives in freshwater swamps, marshes, and ponds.
Swims, wades, and climbs bushes. When walking, it flirts white undertail coverts; when swimming, pumps head. Voice is a henlike cackling "kek, kek, kek" given while flying; also gutteral notes.
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