Scientific Name: Porphyrio poliocephalus
Malay Name: Panglin Biasa
Chinese Name: 紫水鸡
Breeding Range: Middle East and Indian subcontinent to s China, n Thailand, Andaman and Nicobar Is.
Polytypic. Subspecies are: poliocephalus, viridis, seistanicus
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 species: Common 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
Location: Recent sightings were at Kranji Marsh, Lorong Halus and Tampines Eco Green.
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