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Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio poliocephalus   - Courtship
Purple Swamphen
Photographer : © Abhilash A K
Location :Seeranaickenpalayam, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Date : 8 March 2013
English synonyms:Indian Swamphen (poliocephalus), Grey-headed Swamphen (poliocephalus), Grey-headed Purple Swamphen (poliocephalus), European Purple Gallinule, Purple Gallinule, Purple Swamp-hen, Purple Coot, Purple Moorhen, West Mediterranean Purple Swamphen, Western Swamphen, Philippine Swamphen (pulverulentus), Australasian Swamphen (samoensis), Sunda Swamphen (indicus)
Bird Family :Rallidae - Rails, Crakes, Bush Hens, Watercock, Gallinules, Swamphens, Moorhens & Coots
Bird Group :GRUIFORMES
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :At first it looked like normal mating behaviour, but to my surprise, the bird on the top stepped down immediately after mounting, without any copulation; in fact it just walked over the other. Later by posting into different forums I came to the conclusion that it is a courtship behaviour. - AAK