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Old Tuesday 12th March 2019, 14:52   #1
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Species not found on eBird

I can not find nor register these 2 species on eBird:
  1. Swallow-tailed Kite
  2. Purple Swamphen

Would anybody know why ?
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Old Tuesday 12th March 2019, 14:58   #2
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Hi Jules

I don't know about the kite (maybe double-check your spelling/spacing/hyphenation??), but this may help regarding the swamphen. They were split some time ago.
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Not sure about Swallow-tailed Kite, which I could find with exactly those words. The Swamphen has been split into a lot of different species, so search under Swamphen (unless you're thinking of Purple Gallinule?).
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Old Tuesday 12th March 2019, 16:54   #4
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The kite is definitely listed on eBird:
https://ebird.org/species/swtkit
Check your spelling. [ If you're trying to report it outside its normal range, look for an additional checkbox "report rarities" or something, I forget. -- never mind, this is the Florida forum.]


Since you're posting in the Florida forum, I think your swamp-hen is the bird now called Purple Gallinule (recent name change):
https://ebird.org/species/purgal2/
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Thank you all for your replies.

I am trying to report activities for sightings in Florida.

I am from Quebec Canada and the problem with the Kite seems to be a language problem. The French name used to be "Milan queue fourchue" but it has been changed to "Naucler queue fourchue". To make matters worse, eBird will not find "Swallow-tailed Kite" if I search in English. Anyway, I was able to register it in French using the new name.

The Purple Swamphen I saw at Green Cay is not listed in eBird but the Grey-headed Swamphen is. I identified it as a Purple Swamphen using the Sibley Guide (2003 Edition), which does not list the Grey-headed Swamphen but it is probably a GHS. I was able to register it as GHS.

So all is well my 2 species are registered. Thanks again !
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Old Wednesday 13th March 2019, 18:08   #6
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The 'purple swamphen' which is an invasive species to Florida, but fairly well established, has been re-named or re-classified as the grey-headed swamphen, which really seems to have taken root over the past 5-6 years...prior to that, purple swamphen was always used - now, grey-headed swamphen is the accepted name. They are indeed one in the same. At Green Cay and Wakodahatchee, and throughout Broward county as well, you will have seen the grey-headed swamphen (formerly purple swamphen).
The purple gallinule is of course a separate, native species to S. Florida.

As to why the swallow-tailed kite didn't show in e-bird...it should. I did a quick search and found this:
https://ebird.org/species/swtkit?siteLanguage=en_US

Glad you had a good birding trip down here, and found all of your species to register. Love your hometown and wish I could get back up there again soon - gorgeous city and beautiful part of the country.
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