Black-backed swamphen

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Black-backed swamphen
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio), Saigon Zoo.jpg
Saigon Zoo
Not recognized (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Genus: Porphyrio
Species: P. indicus
Binomial name
Porphyrio indicus
(Horsfield, 1821)

Porphyrio porphyrio indicus

The black-backed swamphen (Porphyrio indicus) is a species of swamphen occurring from southeast Asia to Sulawesi and Borneo. It used to be considered a subspecies of the purple swamphen, which it resembles, but has a large shield, black upperparts, and the side of the head is blackish.


  • Transactions of the Linnean Society of London 13: 194.

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