purple swamphen

noun

Definition of purple swamphen

: a large purplish-blue bird (Porphyrio porphyrio of the family Rallidae) that is native to warmer parts of the Old World and typically frequents wet areas and that has long red legs and a thick red bill Spring rain has brought the purple swamphens to the region's roadsides. The bird, which looks like a purple chicken, darts along the side of the road waiting for an opportunity to cross.The Newcastle (Australia) Herald, 2 Nov. 2010 … out to kill exotic purple swamphens—colorful, nonnative birds that infest a network of stormwater treatment areas constructed by the South Florida Water Management District …— Sue Cocking, The Miami Herald, 16 Dec. 2010

called also purple gallinule

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Purple swamphen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purple%20swamphen. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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