The Purple Gallinule is a member of the rail family and lives primarily in warm swamps and marshes. We’ve been lucky enough to spot them out at Green Cay in Boynton Beach, Florida but they’re not as prevelant as the Common Moorhen or the American Coot.
I love to watch them climb very gingerly out to the end of the stalks of Fire Flag, their favorite food of choice at Green Cay. Known for their big feet, I once saw an industrious Gallinule use his beak and foot to bend back the tip of the stalk so he could better reach their prize...a purple flower!
If you’re out at Green Cay, look carefully and if you’re lucky you’ll see the sun just glancing the wings of the Gallinule and that’s when you’ll see the most gorgeous colors Mother Nature has given us.