Gray-headed swamphen and chick at Green Cay Wetlands in Boynton Beach yesterday afternoon.
Ever since I first saw these marsh birds a year ago at Lakeside STA I have hoped to see another.
Blogged Oct. 2017: New bird: escaped swamphens thrive in Florida wetlands
If you crossed a small purple dinosaur with a backyard hen you would get the Gray-headed Swamphen. They do run around (seemingly on top of the water) like sleeker, more athletic chickens. Their feather colors are beautiful.
Look at those magnificent feet and crazy-long toes. Good for walking on wetland vegetation.
The adult grasps a blade of grass and bites off a piece.
Porphyrio poliocephalas is an escaped nonnative that’s been making itself at home in South Florida since the 1990s.
Porphyrio is the swamphen or swamp hen genus of birds in the rail family. The genus name Porphyrio is the Latin name for “swamphen”, meaning “purple”.
Feeding the chick.
That is adorable.