Goshawk takes Gallinule

To: "Carl Clifford" <>, "Peter Shute (NUW)" <>
Subject: Goshawk takes Gallinule
From: "michael hunter" <>
Date: 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.porphyrio                Europe
                  P.p.madagascariensis    Africa
                  P.p.poliocephalus          Tropical Asia
                  P.p.melanotus                Australia  (? NZ)
                  P.p.indicus                     Indonesia
                  P.p.pulviventris               Phillipines
     It was once known as "Purple Gallinule", but this name now applies to
the American Purple Gallinule ,Porphyrula martinica.




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