glossy purple plumage; red bill, frontal shield (New Zealand; 2005-06-30)

Purple Swamphen
Porphyrio porphyrio

Native Range: Africa, Eurasia, Oriental Region, and Australian Region

Notes: an "Old World" analogue and look-alike to North America's Purple Gallinule; also resembles New Zealand's Takahe but has a noticeably smaller bill and is quite capable of flight.