Definition of swamphen in English:

swamphen

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Pronunciation: /ˈswɒmphɛn
 
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(also purple swamphen)

noun

  • A marshbird 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
    More example sentences
    • At the pond there were a few white-winged terns, a black-crowned night heron, a purple swamphen, and some blue-cheeked bee-eaters.
    • Other birds that seemed to be flushed out by the truck were a few moorhens, a single purple swamphen, and a pair of marbled teals.
    • Other birds I saw near the pond were coot, moorhen, purple swamphen and a few Gray Wagtails walking around near the water.

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