Purple Swamphen in Birdata

Subject: Purple Swamphen in Birdata
From: Katrina Knight <>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 17:33:35 -0400
At 03:21 PM 05/15/2009 Peter Shute wrote:
I can't really imagine anyone taking swamphens there deliberately, less so accidentally.

For what it is worth, swamphens got accidentally introduced in south Florida in the USA in the 1990s. As I remember the story, someone was keeping several of them and along came a hurricane that let them go. They've been multiplying and spreading. State game wardens spent 2-1/2 years trying to eradicate them, killing about 3,200 of them. They recently gave up. They estimate that the current population is 2,000-3,000 birds. So evidently, it doesn't take much of an introduction to get a good population of them going.

Katrina Knight

Reading, PA, USA


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