Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio)

 Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) near Kumarakom, Kerala, India. February 2015. Not baited. Not called in.

Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) near Kumarakom, Kerala, India. February 2015. Not baited. Not called in.

During a morning birding boat trip on Kerala's enchanting backwaters, our guide spotted this Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) standing on a mat of water-lillies and looking for food. The irrisdescence of this bird's plumage is striking!

JAG