Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Purple Gallinule

On our Costa Rican travels on 14 July 2017, we stopped for this Purple Gallinule. I am not sure I have ever seen a gallinule outside of a marsh. This grassy field, however, was near a wetlands. Gallinules are, however, adaptable creatures. They are known to wander far, with individuals straying to Switzerland and the Galapagos. Normally they are found in the Americas from southern Canada to Argentina. Many populations are migratory, others are year-round residents. Because of this vagrancy, Purple Gallinules do not vary consistently across their wide range—no races are described (West and Hess 2002). I did think our Costa Rican bird was slightly larger than those I am more familiar with from Florida, but perhaps that was because it wasn’t half-hidden by marsh vegetation.

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