995. Porphyrio madagascariensis

995. GREEN-BACKED GALLINULE.
PORPHYRIO MADAGASCARIENSIS.
Porphyrio madagascariensis (Lath.), Ind. Orn. Suppl, p. Ixviii. (1801) ; P. chloronotus, Vieill. Nouv. Dict, xxviii. p. 24 (1819) ; Brehm. J. f. O. 1853, Extra-heft, p. 103 ; Fulica porphyrio, Linn. Syst. Nat. i. p. 258 (1766) ; (Sharpe), Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxiii. p. 195 ; P. smarag- notus, Temm. Man. d’Orn, ii. p. 700 (1820) ; Dresser, vii. p. 303, pl. 501.
Dikm, Digmeh, Arabic.
Male ad. (Egypt). Differs from P. coeruleus in having the back rich dark bluish green instead of dark blue. Gape 1.7, wing 10.4, tail 4.35, tarsus 3.85, middle toe with claw 4.9 inch.
Hab. Egypt, and Africa south to the Cape, Madagascar ; a very rare straggler to Southern France and Italy. In habits it does not differ from P. coeruleus. It breeds in Africa, and is said to deposit 6 to 10 eggs, which are ruddy brown spotted with dark purple brown, and measure 2.2 by 1.6.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
995. Porphyrio madagascariensis
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
995
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
713
Common name: 
Green Backed Gallinule
M_ID: 
3722
M_CN: 
African Swamphen
M_SN: 
Porphyrio madagascariensis
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10300

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