bright, bluish purple marshbird, with a red bill and frontal shield, dark red
eyes, white undertail coverts, and brownish red legs, with huge feet (fig.).
There are many subspecies, distributed worldwide, yet
certain subspecies are resident breeders in Southeast Asia and Thailand, occurring throughout the country, though mainly
found in the central plains. Its habitat consists of
wet areas with high rainfall, such as large
marshes and swamps,
where it prefers the more isolated, less disturbed areas, yet it may also be
found among dense vegetation at the edges of larger lakes. Purple Swamphens
breed in warm reed beds and males are known for their elaborate courtship
display, in which they hold water weeds in their bill. It is known by the
binomial name Porphyrio porphyrio and in
See also TRAVEL PICTURES.