One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1another term for gallinule
- ‘Female purple gallinules lay six to ten eggs in a nest of dead tree stems and leaves.’
- ‘The beautiful Purple Gallinule lives primarily in freshwater marshes.’
2A marsh bird of the rail family, with a purplish-blue head and breast and a large red bill, found throughout the Old World.
Porphyrio porphyrio, family Rallidae
- ‘In the lagoon I saw a couple of coots, three moorhens chasing each other around in the grass, a magpie flying over the marsh, and a spectacular purple gallinule (not the same species as the one in North America).’
- ‘Texans licensed to hunt with trained raptors may loose those birds through Jan. 28 on rails, moorhens and purple gallinules.’
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