Swamphen

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Porphyrio)
Jump to: navigation, search
Porphyrio
Porphyrio porphyrio.jpg
An Australasian swamphen from New Zealand (pūkeko, Porphyrio melanotus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Genus: Porphyrio
Brisson, 1760
Species

For extinct species, see article text.

Synonyms

Notornis
Porphyrula

For the Latin grammarian sometimes known as Porphyrio, see Pomponius Porphyrion.

Porphyrio is the swamphen[needs IPA] genus of birds in the rail family. The genus name Porphyrio is the Latin for "swamphen".[1]

It includes some smaller species which are usually called "purple gallinules", and which are sometimes separated as genus Porphyrula or united with the gallinules proper (or "moorhens") in Gallinula. The Porphyrio gallinules are distributed in the warmer regions of the world

Species[edit]

Extant species[edit]

Recent taxonomy changes in Porphyrula or Gallinula:

Extinct species[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jobling, James A (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 314. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4. 
  • Taylor, P. Barry & van Perlo, Ber (1998): Rails: a guide to the rails, crakes, gallinules, and coots of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven. ISBN 0-300-07758-0