A-Z Challenge – G is for GALLINULE


Purple Gallinule

Purple Gallinule with head down foraging at Sweetwater Wetlands Park in Gainesville, Florida.

The Purple Gallinule is one of the most colorful birds in North America. They are found in the southernmost part of the United States, along the coasts of Mexico, South America and throughout Central America. Interesting fact is they have shown up in Iceland, Switzerland, South Georgia Island, the Galápagos and South Africa.

Purple Gallinule with head up foraging at Sweetwater Wetlands Park in Gainesville, Florida.  Their feathers are sky blue, moss green, aquamarine, indigo and violet.  Their beak is yellow, red and black.  They have yellow legs.

Purple Gallinules hang out in dense freshwater wetlands. They can be fairly easy to spot as they walk on top of floating vegetation such as water lilies, lotus, water hyacinth and hydrilla. Even though they stick out because of their color, the green in their top feathers blends well with vegetation. We saw this single Purple Gallinule in Sweetwater Wetlands Park in Gainesville, Florida. It was foraging for frogs, invertebrates or tubers directly under the boardwalk which is unusual to see them this close up. Purple Gallinules are part of the rail family and is about the size of a chicken.


This is my first time participating in April Blogging from A-Z Challenge. As a birder and photographer, I will be sharing a new bird with you every day. I host a weekly photo challenge called Bird Weekly and would love for you to stop by anytime. Join in if that is your thing too.


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23 responses to “A-Z Challenge – G is for GALLINULE”

  1. John Avatar

    It’s a cutie! ❤️

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      A colorful cutie! 🙂

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  2. circadianreflections Avatar

    It’s neat looking!

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      Different than the coots and other gallinules (moorhens). Most colorful compared to the other rails. 🙂

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  3. Irene Avatar

    What a pretty bird! 😊

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    1. Andrew Schwartz Avatar

      Hello how are you doing there..

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      1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        Good and yourself?

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      2. Andrew Schwartz Avatar

        I’m doing well..I’m from Montgomery Alabama in USA what about you?..

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    2. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      It really is and was a real treat to have it that close. 🙂 It was our bird of the day and we got it right when we got to the park. We had seen it on the Ebird list. 🙂

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      1. Irene Avatar

        So special! 😊

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      2. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        Yes it was! 🙂

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      The bird is gorgeous. 🙂

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  4. Elaine - I used to be indecisive Avatar

    He will definitely brighten things up with that lovely purple colouring.

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      Oh yes! 🙂

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  5. J-Dub Avatar

    What a beautiful bird! Purple is my favorite color too.

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      It’s my favorite color too! I use a purple pen when I write. It is such a girly color and I’m not that girly but I love it! 🙂

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  6. Jim Borden Avatar

    I echo J-Dub’s thoughts. I have never heard of this bird…

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      They are common down here in Florida, but scarce. The Common Gallinule is all over the place with the American Coots. I guess I should have put up a photo of the Common Gallinule AKA Common Moorhen. Put the Purple deserved the spotlight. 🙂

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      1. Jim Borden Avatar

        Purple is my go to color… 🙂

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      2. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        Woohoo! I write with a purple pen. LOL!

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