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.
- Texans licensed to hunt with trained raptors may loose those birds through Jan. 28 on rails, moorhens and purple gallinules.
- 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).
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Syllabification: pur·ple gal·li·nule
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