Australasian Swamphen

About the Australasian Swamphen

Also known as: Australian Swamphen, Pukeko, Pook, Purple Gallinule, Purple Swamphen
The Australasian Swamphen, also known as the Australian Swamphen or the Pukeko, is a type of rail found in parts of Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. It was formerly considered to be a subspecies of the 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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 03 April 2019
Scientific Name
Porphyrio melanotus
  • Gruiformes
  • Rallidae
  • Porphyrio
  • P. melanotus
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Units: Imperial / Metric
15 to 20 inches
31 to 39 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 澳洲紫水鸡
Danish (Dansk) Østlig Sultanhøne
Dutch (Nederlands) Australische Purperkoet
Finnish (Suomi) itäaustraliansulttaanikana
French (Français) Talève australe
German (Deutsch) Pukeko
Italian (Italiano) pollo sultano australasiano
Japanese (日本語) オーストラリアセイケイ [o-sutorariaseikei]
Norwegian (Norsk) brunryggsultanhøne
Polish (Polski) modrzyk ciemny
Portuguese (Português) Camão-australasiático
Spanish (Español) Calamón Australiano
Swedish (Svenska) australisk purpurhöna
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