|Family:||Early Migratory Birds|
|Habits and Habitat:||Purple gallinules prefer dense freshwater marshes.|
|Habit:||The long toes of purple gallinules spreads their weight so efficiently that they can walk and stand on lily pads without sinking. |
The purple gallinule is much more secretive than common moorhens. Although their striking purple-and-green plumage might seem easy to spot, gallinules are masters at hiding in vegetation lining the shore.
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Dr. Thomas Barnes, USFWS