The Purple Swamphen

Purple sounds regal but with a name like Swamphen this bird really sounds like it comes from the wrong side of town!

They are busy birds, constantly pecking and scrounging the ground. There were several at the river camp at Bulahdelah recently easily identified by their bright red ‘nose’.

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But these photos are my favourites 😊 They were taken at Mannum, in South Australia, a couple of years ago and it looks like the birds are line dancing 🕺

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As you can see from the map below they are found all around Australia although prefer the cooler areas.

Purple Swamphen