Distribution and Habitat
Purple Swamphens are seen in many places around Australia.
The Purple Swamphen is fully protected in all states and territories and must not be shot.
Purple Swamphens are black and purple birds with red bills and head shields. They are larger than Coots and have longer legs. Their flight is slow and awkward legs trailing behind. There is no way that these birds should ever be mistaken for a game species.
Video footage of the Purple Swamphens is attached below.