About this Species 

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Name:Purple Gallinule
Family:Early Migratory Birds
Scientific Name: Porphyrio martinica
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.
Description:
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.