About the Australasian Swamphen
Also known as: Australian Swamphen, Pukeko, Pook, Purple Gallinule, Purple Swamphen
The Australian Swamphen is widespread across much of its range, especially throughout parts of New Zealand. It has naturally expanded its range in sync with human development, benefiting from the clearing of land for agriculture.
These birds can be recognized by their iridescent plumage, large red facial shield, and long reddish legs. They are superficially similar to the Takahe, though they weight much less and are flighted.