Purple Gallinule

About the Purple Gallinule
Also known as: Purple Gallinule, Yellow-legged Gallinule
The Purple Gallinule is a species in the rail family that is native to parts of the Americas. They can be found in wet habitats like swamps, ponds and lakes, and marshes.

Adult Purple Gallinules are easily recognized. They have purplish-blue underparts and iridescent green upperparts. The bill is bright red and yellow and topped off with a sky blue forehead shield. The legs are long and yellow with oversized yellow feet.

Purple Gallinules are omnivores that feed on a varied diet. They will eat vegetable material like seeds, leaves, and fruit, as well as prey items including frogs, fish, snails, and spiders.
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