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Purple Swamphen

Purple Swamphen
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Copyright: Vinay Sinha (vinaymms) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 118] (635)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1000D, Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-01 23:18
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Points: 10
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I took this picture of Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio poliocephalus) in the Okhla Bird Sanctuary in Noida. This sub species of the Purple Swamphen is generally found near the water bodies in the Indian sub-continent.

The Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio), also known as Purple Moorhen is a large bird in the family Rallidae (rails). From its name in French, talève sultane, it is also known as the Sultana Bird. This chicken-sized bird, with its huge feet, bright plumage and red bill and frontal shield is unmistakable in its native range.

There are more than 13 subspecies of the Purple Swamphen, which differ mainly in plumage colour. The subspecies groups are: P. p. porphyrio in the Mediterranean, P. p. madagascariensis in Africa, P. p. poliocephalus in tropical Asia, P. p. melanotus in much of Australasia, P. p. indicus in Indonesia and P. p. pulverulentis in the Philippines. European birds are overall purple-blue, African and south Asian birds have a green back, and Australasian and Indonesian birds have black backs and heads.

The Purple Swamphen prefers wet areas with high rainfall, swamps, lake edges and damp pastures. The birds often live in pairs and larger communities. It clambers through the reeds, eating the tender shoots and vegetable-like matter. They have been known to eat eggs, ducklings, small fish and invertebrates such as snails.


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Genus: Porphyrio
Species: porphyrio
Sub-species: poliocephalus

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_Swamphen

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Hello Vinay,
Beautiful bird in a natural environment. Well captured and presented. TFS.

Well captured Vinay. Good clarity and colors with well exposed detail.

Hi Vinay
perfect sharpness great compo and great light

Ciao Vinay, great capture of splendid bird in the grass, fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Vinay,
Beautiful image with this colourful bird captured with good sharp details in his natural environment. Well done!

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