Goshawk takes Gallinule

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Subject: Goshawk takes Gallinule
From: "Peter Shute (NUW)" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 10:21:09 +1100
A recent posting said the Purple Gallinule was another (older?) name for a Purple Swamp-hen, by which I mean Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus. I assume you're referring to the same thing, but I Googled it and found, which says:
Porphyrio martinica Purple Gallinule
Porphyrio porphyrio Purple Swamphen

If HANZAB lists Porphyrio martinica, then I assume it can be, or has been, found somewhere in Australia or NZ. None of my Australian books list it, so I assume it's found in NZ or is a rare vagrant. Can someone fill me in?

Also, when is it acceptable to just say Porphyrio porphyrio instead of Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus?

How commonly are they referred to as Purple Gallinules?

On Wednesday, December 13, 2006 michael hunter wrote:

Mulgoa, monday morning.
A white morph Grey Goshawk flew, heavily, off from our dam with a Purple Gallinule in its clutchesprobably a subadult.


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