Purple Gallinule Bigfoot
Photograph - Photograph
A purple gallinule walking in shallow water with one large foot held forward in mid-step.
This image has been featured in the following groups:
A Birding Group - Wings,
Birds in Focus,
Faa Portraits - Birds &
Wild Birds Of The World – Photography
Purple gallinules are tropical marsh birds that are year-round residents of peninsular Florida, Brazil, northern areas of South America, and parts of Mexico. Summer range expands along the southeast United States coast from South Carolina to Mississippi, most of Louisiana and eastern Texas. Winters throughout much of Central America.
The relatively large feet and long toes allow this bird to walk on top of lily pads and other water vegetation. Walks like a chicken and swims like a duck. Porphyrio martinica has a dark purple head, neck and underside and green back. Undertail coverts are white. The chicken-like bill is red, tipped with yellow, with a light blue forehead shield. Average length is 33 cm (13 in.) with a 56cm (22 in.) wingspan. Males are larger than females.
The downy chicks start out black. Juveniles are tan instead of purple, with a greenish back, dull bill, dull blue shield and yellow legs.
(Subject description from the artist's Wild Florida Photo website www.wildflphoto.com)
April 24th, 2018
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