AFRICAN PURPLE SWAMPHEN

(Porhyrio madagascariensis (7) or Porhyrio porphyrio)

Also known as Purple Swamphen or Purple Gallinule (6)

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Roberts VI / VII 223 / 221
Clements 2000 46.1110
Howard & Moore 2 (CBOS 5) 42-114
A large bird (40 to 46 cm) found in Africa north and south of the Sahara, as well as in Madagascar, southern Europe, tropical Asia and Australasia. In southern Africa it is a fairly common resident throughout the region except for the dry west and the Kalahari. It is a solitary bird inhabiting reedy swamps and marshes. It lives off roots, tubers, seeds as well as nestlings, young ducklings and bird's eggs.

List of Stamps showing African Purple Swamphen

 Country

SG

Michel

Year

Value

Afghanistan 1272 1658 1989 5a
Aitutaki 327 0380 1981 6c
Aitutaki 486 0516 1984 60c
Algeria 966 0949 1987 1d80
Australia  1963   2000 45c
Australia 1964   2000 45c
Burundi 127 0143 1965 0.5f
Burundi 133 0149 1965 4f
Burundi 221 271 1967 50c
Burundi 1323 1493 1979 10f
Burundi 1332 1510 1979 36f
Fiji  0920 0734 1995 44c
French Polynesia 0380   1982 39f
Ghana 1602 1582 1991 c 100
Ghana 1987 2030 1994 c 200
Grenada  4282   2000 25c
Iraq 2086   2000 100d
Malagasy 0934 1334 1992 210f
Mali 1435   1995 200f
Morocco 0471 0853 1976 1d
New Caledonia 0777   1985 50f
Niuafo 0027   1983 1s
Niuafo 0033   1983 10s
Niuafo 0040   1983 1p
Niuafo 0075   1986 4s/10s
Niue 0720   1992 70c
Niue     2000 $1
Norfolk Islands m/s   2001 $2.30
Norfolk Islands     2001 45c
Palau 0417 0429A 1991 23c
Palau 1168   1997 20c
Portugal 2027 1671 1985 80e
Portugal 2833   2001 85e
Portugal 2839   2001 85e
Russia 3609 3546 1968 4k
Samoa 0285 0157 1967 10s
Samoa 0305   1968 20s/10s
Samoa 0809 061 1998 45s
Sierra Leone 3082   1999 Le600
Solomon Islands 0682 0738 1990 10c
Solomon Islands 0977   2001 20c
Sri Lanka 1651   2003 4r50
Tonga 1428 1524 1999 20s
Uganda 0875 0857 1990 70s
Uganda 1455 1474 1995 200s
Vietnam (North) 0710 0705 1972 50x
Wallis & Futuna Islands 0620 0637 1993 60f
Zambia 0796   1999 200 k
Zambia 0812B   2000 "C" Rate
Zimbabwe 1220   2007 $5 000
Zimbabwe 1225ms   2007 $5 000