The Purple Gallinule (Porphyrula martinica) is found from east USA to north Chile and north Argentina. It lives in ponds and lagoons, marshes and grassy shores. Its size is of 33 cm (13 inches) in height and 235 g in weight.
Head, neck and breast deep violet-blue, and belly dull black. Back, rump, and tail dark bronzy-green. Wings greenish-blue, and crissum white. Bill scarlet with yellow tip, and legs yellow. Feeds on fruits or aquatic plants, berries, rice and other grains, aquatic insects and other invertebrates, small frogs and fishes.