Purple Gallinule

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Subject: Purple Gallinule
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 10:18:07 -0000
Hi all,
re the Swamphen - Gallinule question, firstly martinica is a different species 
and commonly named here in the UK where it is an extreme vagrant (one record 
from 1958) as American Purple Gallinule.  There are about ten records for the 
whole of Europe.

The usage of Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus indicates the race reffered to, in 
this case melanotus and the correct usage of Porphyrio porphyrio would  be when 
reffering to the nominate form, there are numerous races.

Secondly regarding the actual common name, there has been much debate over the 
standardisation of world bird names here in Europe generally and this species 
is one where it's seems the more modern  approach is to abandon Gallinull for 

Regards, Andy

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