Purple Swamphen

Porphyrio porphyrio

Purple Swamphen, Porphyrio porphyrio, photo © by Michael Plagens

Limuru Ponds, west of Nairobi, Kenya. January 2014.

From Wikipedia: The purple swamphen is also known locally as the pukeko, African purple swamphen, purple moorhen, purple gallinule or purple coot. From its French name talève sultane, it is also known as the sultana bird. This chicken-sized bird, with its large feet, bright plumage and red bill and frontal shield is easily recognisable in its native range.

Rallidae -- Rail Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, created 4 August 2014