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Spot-flanked Gallinule

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Adult, Subspecies crassirostrisPhoto © by Luis RSantiago Metropolitan Region, Chile, November 2018
Adult, Subspecies crassirostris
Photo © by Luis R
Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile, November 2018
Porphyriops melanops


[edit] Identification

22–30 cm (8¾-11¾ in)

  • Black face
  • Grey head, neck and breast
  • Brown back
  • Large white flank spots
  • White undertail-coverts
  • Greenish-yellow bill and shield

Juvenile: Lacks grey plumage of adult. Bill and shield grey instead of green.

[edit] Distribution

Subspecies bogotensisPhoto © by COLOMBIA BirdingEastern Andes, Colombia, February 2011
Subspecies bogotensis
Photo © by COLOMBIA Birding
Eastern Andes, Colombia, February 2011

Most of South America from Colombia to Chile and Argentina

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Three subspecies are recognized:[1]

  • P. m. bogotensis:
  • P. m. melanops:
  • P. m. crassirostris:

Formerly placed in the genus Gallinula.

[edit] Habitat

Wetlands with lots of floating vegetation, such as ponds, ditches, lakes, lagoons and marshes.

[edit] Behaviour

Can sometimes remind more of a rail than a gallinule when not coming out further than the edge of a reed bed.

[edit] Diet

They pick food from the floating vegetation while swimming, but what they actually eat is so far unknown.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. BF member, personal observation
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2018)

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