Family: (Rallidae) Rails, Gallinules, and Coots
Preferred Habitat: Marshes.
Seasonal Occurrence: Common May through September. Breeds in our area.
Notes: The Purple Gallinule is a colorful summer resident of our marshes. Both males and females are a vivid purple and green with a bright red bill. Complementing their technicolor look are bright yellow legs, and white undertail coverts. Immatures, in sharp contrast, are dark brown with olive bills. Purple Gallinules are found in the same regions as Common Gallinules. Their young look quite similar, but Common Gallinule young have a white side stripe. Among the best areas to look for Purple Gallinules are Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and Brazos Bend State Park.
- Susan Billetdeaux