a purple, blue, green, and white gallinule, Porphyrula martinica, inhabiting warmer areas of the New World, having a bright red, yellow, and blue bill, and lemon-yellow legs and feet.
any of several large, Old World gallinules of the genus Porphyrio.
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How to use purple gallinule in a sentence
They nest in colonies in marshes and swamps, building their nests like those of the purple gallinule.The Bird Book | Chester A. Reed
The purple gallinule is known to build as many as five or six sham nests, a trait which is not confined to the Wren family.
British Dictionary definitions for purple gallinule
a long-toed purple aquatic bird, Porphyrio porphyrio (or Porphyrula martinica), of the southern US and Europe, with red legs and red bill: family Rallidae (rails, etc)
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