Azure gallinule

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Azure gallinule
Azure Gallinule, Kernahan, Trinidad 3.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Genus: Porphyrio
P. flavirostris
Binomial name
Porphyrio flavirostris
(Gmelin, 1789)
Porphyrio flavirostris map.svg

The azure gallinule (Porphyrio flavirostris) is a species of bird in the family Rallidae. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.

The bill and frontal shield is a pale greenish-yellow. The wing coverts are greenish-blue while the back and tail are browner. The throat and underparts are white while the legs are yellow.

It is found in freshwater marshes where there is floating vegetation and this includes marshy edges of rivers and lakes. Nest is an open cup of leaves concealed in dense marsh vegetation. Clutch size is 4-5 eggs, incubated by both parents.

Diet consists of invertebrates, insects and seeds taken from water and vegetation. Climbs in reed stems to bend them over water to pick up food.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Porphyrio flavirostris". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22692848A93371738. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22692848A93371738.en. Retrieved 11 November 2021.