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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Distribution of the Purple Gallinule
Figure 1. Distribution of the Purple Gallinule

Distribution of the Purple Gallinule in North and Middle America and the western West Indies. This species also breeds in South America. See text for details.

Figure 2. Vocalizations of adult Purple Gallinules.

A. Alarm Cackle. B. Clucks. C. Grunts. From Florida Museum of Natural History (A: FLMNH #1346, recorded by G. Stiles, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, 15 Feb 1992 B. and C: FLMNH #4297, J. W. Hardy, Leon Co., FL, 26 Apr 1981). Prepared by staff of the Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics, The Ohio State University, using a Kay Elemetrics DSP 5500 Sona-Graph (with effective frequency resolution of 75 Hz and a 200-point FFT transform size).

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