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.
Purple Swamphens feed on aquatic vegetation and invertebrates. They also graze on grasses near wetlands.
Freshwater wetlands and swamps, occasionally urban areas with ponds.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Least Concern