Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinica

Richard L. West and Gene K. Hess
Version: 1.0 — Published March 4, 2020
Text last updated January 1, 2002


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Thanks to Lloyd Kiff, Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology (egg data), for loan of specimens and access to their collections; Tom Webber and David Steadman, Florida Museum of Natural History; Robert Kennedy, Cincinnati Museum of Natural History; Todd Engstrom, Tall Timbers Research Inc.; David Willard, Field Museum of Natural History; Richard Banks, National Museum of Natural History; Kevin McGowan, Cornell University; Robert Payne, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology; and Glen Wool-fenden, Archbold Biological Station. Thanks to Todd Schneider, project coordinator of the Georgia Breeding Bird Atlas, for providing data. Sound spectrograms were prepared by the Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics at The Ohio State University. Thanks to Sandra L. L. Gaunt for assistance. A grant from the Chapman Fund enabled GKH to work at the American Museum of Natural History. Thanks to L. A. Hunter for initial assistance with this project. Thanks to Don Kroodsma for comments on the sounds section of an earlier draft. Thanks to Arnthor Gardarsson and A. H. Joensen for verifying records from Iceland and Greenland. Thanks to Fred Lohrer for comparing current and historic aerial photographs of central Florida. Thanks to Todd Engstron and Tall Timbers Research Station for encouraging research on their site. Thanks to Alan Poole and the BNA staff for many improvements in this paper prior to its publication.

Recommended Citation

West, R. L. and G. K. Hess (2020). Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole and F. B. Gill, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.purgal2.01