PORT PHILLIP BAY


Purple Swamphen 

Porphyrio porphyrio

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Gruiformes
Family:
Rallidae
Genus:
Porphyrio
Species:
porphyrio

General Description

Body blue-black with purple-blue sides and underparts. Forehead and bill bright red. Tail white underneath. Legs long and red-brown. Body up to 50 cm long.

Biology

Purple Swamphens feed on aquatic vegetation and invertebrates. They also graze on grasses near wetlands.

Habitat

Freshwater wetlands and swamps, occasionally urban areas with ponds.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Australia.

Species Group

Birds Coots, rails and swamphens

Max Size

50 cm

Diet

Omnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Purple Swamphen, Porphyrio porphyrio, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 15 Dec 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7916

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