"Carl Clifford" <>, "Peter Shute (NUW)" <>
Goshawk takes Gallinule
"michael hunter" <>
Thu, 14 Dec 2006 17:19:05 +1100
I've seen Porphyrio spp or subspp similar to our Purple Swamphen in
Africa, Asia Europe and NZ. The African and Asian ones have a green back.
The NZ ones have this Maori name, "Pukeko".
According to Google/Wikipedia, there are six subspp. of Porphyrio
P.p.poliocephalus Tropical Asia
P.p.melanotus Australia (? NZ)
It was once known as "Purple Gallinule", but this name now applies to
the American Purple Gallinule ,Porphyrula martinica.
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