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I'm very sure I got a Grey headed swamphen here, as the one flew away and it was more obvious.

But, would it appear that both are swamphen from this shot?    My question is do they interbreed with Purple Gallinule so that it's hard to really say if it's a hybrid or not?

Picture Taken from Lake Apopka Florida.

ID Confirm please.

 

 

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Both of the birds you have are Gray-headed Swamphens. They don’t hybridize with gallinules, from what I can tell. Head color on swamphens can be variable, with some having much more blue/purple than others.

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I hadn't heard of a Gray-headed Swamphen before this thread.  They don't show in AAB; I had to go to Birds of NA to find a description.

"Teacher, I learned something today!  Can I go home now?"

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35 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

I hadn't heard of a Gray-headed Swamphen before this thread.  They don't show in AAB; I had to go to Birds of NA to find a description.

"Teacher, I learned something today!  Can I go home now?"

You may know the name Purple Swamphen. A few years ago it was split into 5 or 6 species, and Gray-headed was determined to be the one that is introduced in FL for the most part.

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21 minutes ago, akiley said:

You may know the name Purple Swamphen.

I'm aware of Purple Gallinule but not Purple Swamphen.  Same thing?

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12 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

I'm aware of Purple Gallinule but not Purple Swamphen.  Same thing?

No. Different species. Purple Gallinule is a native bird. The FL (and Georgia record) swamphens are introduced.

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4 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

I hadn't heard of a Gray-headed Swamphen before this thread.  They don't show in AAB; I had to go to Birds of NA to find a description.

"Teacher, I learned something today!  Can I go home now?"

I am glad I was not the only one.

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