Date: 10/27/18 1:08 pm
From: DPratt14 <DPratt14...>
Subject: Purple Swamphen variation and taxonomy
Hi birders:

The Purple Swamphen reported and well-described from Bull's Island is almost certainly an escape from captivity, and not a true vagrant. The swamphens naturalized in FL, and countable for ABA lists, have gray heads and necks (hence the name if you accept the split), not glossy blue as described for the SC bird.

Doug Pratt
Cary, NC

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