Habitat – Freshwater Marshes and Lakes by Richard Stade - RStade

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Purple Gallinule – Foraging

Porphyrio martinica

February – Texas

L=13” ...... WS=22”...... WT=8 oz......m>f Order: Gruiformes (Rails, Cranes, and Allies) Family: Rallifae (Rails, Gallinules and Coots)

The Purple Gallinule is a striking and exotically colored bird. It has three very long front toes and an exceptionally long hind toe which enable it to walk on floating vegetation to forage for food. The name “gallinule” derives from the Latin “gallina” meaning “little hen”. Purple Gallinules have proven to adapt well when their habitats have been modified. For example, they thrive in rice fields and eat invasive plant species such as water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) and hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata).

Gallinule Purple