Photography of Birds – Set # 217

Set # 217


American Purple Gallinule


American Purple Gallinule

American Purple Gallinule


The American Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus) is a swamphen in the genus Porphyrio. It is in the order Gruiformes, meaning “crane-like”, an order which also contains cranes, rails, and crakes. The purple gallinule is a rail species, placing it into the family Rallidae. It is also known locally as the yellow-legged gallinule. The specific name martinica denotes “of Martinique”

Laughing Gull


Laughing Gull

Laughing Gull


Laughing Gulls take three years to reach adult plumage. Immature birds are always darker than most similar-sized gulls other than Franklin’s. First-year birds are greyer below and have paler heads than first-year Franklin’s, and second-years can be distinguished by the wing pattern and structure.

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

8 thoughts on “Photography of Birds – Set # 217

  1. Very colourful Gallinule. I looked at the bill and feet and wondered it it could be in the rail family because it reminded me of a Sora. That was a bit of a surprise when I saw it is. The laughing gull has a serious expression on its face, it is really looking at you.

    • That’s a good eye, Jane. It helps to identify any bird by looking at what they resemblance to. Thank you very much. 🙂

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