Black-backed Swamphen

Scientific Name: Porphyrio indicus
Malay Name: Panglin Biasa

Range:
Found throughout Southeast Asia except the Philippines

Taxonomy:
Polytypic. Subspecies are: viridis, indicus

Local Subspecies: viridis

Size: 28-29 cm

Identification: Distinguished from Common Moorhen by bigger size, dark purplish blue overall plumage, red stout bill, frontal shield and legs, whitish undertail-coverts and blackish-brown wings. Juvenile resembles adult but has paler plumage and duller frontal shield.

Similar looking speciesCommon Moorhen

Habitat: Freshwater wetlands.

Behaviour/Ecology: Often seen feeding in the open by picking up food material while walking on floating vegetation.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Currently not recognized by IUCN

Location: Recent sightings were at Kranji Marsh, Lorong Halus and Tampines Eco Green.

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External Links:
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Reference:
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore