Common Moorhen and Black-backed Swamphen foraging

“Here’s a pic of a Black-backed (Purple) Swamphen (Porphyrio indicus) and Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) foraging together at Kranji Marsh (left) and a clip of the swamphen making its way over vegetation by distributing its weight over its huge feet (below). At the beginning of the clip, a Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis) makes its way into the vegetation at the bottom of the screen. Sorry about the shake – handheld cam was at maximum zoom, thereby also magnifiying the shake…

“…here’s another clip – of the Common Moorhen foraging near the Black-backed Swamphen (below). The moorhen was a bit further away than the swamphen, so details are rather poor, but I’m sending it anyway as its of no use just occupying my hard-disk space anyway! One can see the moorhen turning over vegetation to feed on insects underneath, rather like the Bronze-winged Jacana (Metopidius indicus) in the clip in a previous post LINK.

Lena Chow
18th March 2012

  1. Tou Jing Ti

    The Purple Swamphen seemed to looked more like the Grey-headed Swamphen rather than the Black-backed Swamphen. The Black-backed Swamphen should had rather black heads.

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