“The Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio viridis), as the name suggests, is often described as having blue-purple plumages, especially of the neck and breast.
“The local subspecies is called P. p. viridis. ‘Viridis’ means green and looking closely from the front (above) you can see the green plumage (turquoise green) in the front on the neck and upper breast, which then ‘merges’ into the blue.
“It is not easy to see the green from the side (above) or in low light. Both posts also show the magnificent frontal shield. See Taylor. (2017). Purple Swamphen in Handbook of the Birds of the World.”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
2nd June 2017
Location: Tambun, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Secondary growth near limestone hills and ex-mining pools (fish farming)