The AmericanPurple 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 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.
Stunning shot of the Purple Gallinule, HJ!! 💜
Thank you very much, Donna. 🙂
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. 🙂
Love the plumage of the purple gallinule… like a painting!
It’s very colorful! Thank you, Chris. 🙂
Actually after one of those Purples this very week – thanks for the inspiration.
I hope you find one. Thanks, Brian. 🙂