Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus)


June 21, 2012

Purple Gallinule

Nancy took this image on on a 10-day trip led by Brian Rapoza for the Tropical Audubon Society to Trinidad and Tobago.

In the United States, Purple Gallinules live only in the southeastern Atlantic and Gulf coastal states, but only breed on the Florida peninsula. Their range also includes both coasts of Mexico, as well as Central America and the Caribbean. In South America, the get as far south as northern Argentina. But they have been seen far from their normal range in places like California, the Galapagos Islands, Iceland, Great Britain, and Tierra del Fuego. They will be found in fresh-water marshes with dense vegetation.

Purple Gallinules are a medium-sized rail, being 10 to 15 inches long with a wing span of up to two feet. Males are about 20% heavier than females, but adults all look the same. They are omnivouous, but do eat more plant material than animals. Although they are not terretorial individually, a nesting pair will defend up to 2½ acres. They often nest in the same areas as Common Gallinuleswebpage, where the Common Gallinule dominates them.

Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 400mm. Camera was on f/9.5 for 1/500 sec at ISO 200. Exposure was increased 1 stop in post-processing.

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