Purple Swamphen

Distribution and Habitat

Purple Swamphens are seen in many places around Australia.

Status

The Purple Breasted Swamp Hen is fully protected in all states and territories and must not be shot.

The Purple Swamphen is fully protected in all states and territories and must not be shot.

Description

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

Video footage of the Purple Swamphens is attached below.