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2009-04-05 14:15:35

Wildlife officials in Florida say they have been unable to drive swamphens, an invasive exotic bird, from the state. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Sunday state officials went after the purple swamphens in 2006. Game wardens were ordered to shoot the slow-flying birds. In the course of 2 1/2 years, officials in airboats killed nearly 3,200 colorful birds. Officials said they were not able to contain the birds in South Florida, the newspaper reported. We got there late, said Scott...


Latest Purple Swamphen Reference Libraries

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2009-03-28 13:38:57

The Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio), also known as the African Purple Swamphen, Purple Moorhen, Purple Gallinule, or Purple Coot, is a species of bird compromising of at least six subspecies: P. p. porphyrio in Europe, P. p. madagascariensis in Africa, P. p. poliocephalus in tropical Asia, P. p. melanotus in much of Australasia, P. p. indicus in Indonesia, and P. p. pulverulentis in the Philippines. The Purple Swamphen prefers wet areas with high rainfall, swamps, lake edges and damp...

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2009-03-28 13:27:45

The American Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica) is a species of bird of the family Rallidae. It is found in the southeastern states of the USA and the tropical regions of Central America and the Caribbean. In southern Florida and the tropics it is largely resident, but most American birds are migratory and winter in Argentina. Its habitat is warm swamps and marshes. This bird has purple-blue plumage with a green back and red and yellow bill. There is a pale blue forehead shield and...

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  • A spider.
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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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