Purple Gallinule

Porphyrio martinicus
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A beautifully colored bird of southern and tropical wetlands, the purple gallinule is a close relative to coots and rails.  It can be seen walking on top of floating vegetation or clambering through dense shrubs. Their extremely long toes help them walk on lily pads without sinking.

A summer, breeding resident at the Savannah NWR, gallinules and their chicks are common, but secretive, in the aquatic impoundments along the wildlife drive; visitors must use a keen eye to spot them. Be careful not to mistake them for their much more "common" relative, the common gallinule or moorhen, which lives on the refuge year-round, and is much less brilliant in color.

Facts About Purple Gallinule

Omnivore, feeding on seeds, fruits, and invertebrates
Freshwater marshes with dense stands of floating vegetation.
14 inches
21 - 22 inches