Wednesday, February 7, 2018

American Purple Gallinule - Florida 2018

I saw a purple gallinule in Everglades NP in January 2014. One of the craziest, most interesting birds I've ever seen. Very memorable. In January 2018, in Orlando Wetlands Park, I saw another. Just one, and from farther away, but I got to watch it for several minutes. 
All About Birds has a distribution chart and its primary distribution is in Central America and much of South America. Where I was in Florida was about the northern-most tip of its year round distribution and portions of the Gulf Coast states and the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina are the northern-most destinations for summer breeding distribution. 

The gangly, long, yellow toes facilitate walking on lilly pads. 

1 comment:

  1. Such a strange creature. His gaudy coloring looks like it was determined by a five year old, and those feet--Wow!