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Purple Swamphen


Purple Swamphen
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-09-16 4:08
Viewed: 2726
Points: 4
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Purple Swamphen
(Porphyrio porphyrio) 紫水鸡
Size: 46 cm

Description:
The Purple Swamphen is a large rail. It is mainly dusky black above, with a broad dark blue collar, and dark blue to purple below. As the Purple Swamphen walks, it flicks its tail up and down, revealing its white undertail. The bill is red and robust, and the legs and feet orange-red. For such a bulky bird, the Swamphen is an accomplished flier and will readily take to the air to escape danger. In flight, the long legs and elongated toes trail behind or hang underneath the body. Purple Swamphens are proficient swimmers, but prefer to wander on the edges of the water, among reeds and on floating vegetation.

Voice:
A loud, penetrating 'kee-ow', as well as some softer clucking between members of a group while feeding.

Habits:
The Purple Swamphen is found around freshwater swamps, streams and marshes. The diet of the Purple Swamphen includes the soft shoots of reeds and rushes and small animals, such as frogs and snails. However, it is a reputed egg stealer and will also eat ducklings when it can catch them. The Purple Swamphen uses its long toes to grasp food while eating.

Distribution:
Rare resident breeder in Singapore.

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Hi,
Though the foreground looks OOF,the capture is good.
TFS
navnith

Nice work again Ang Hwee Yong!
Regards
George Veltchev

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