First American Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus) for Morocco

By MaghrebOrnitho | 18 November 2014
Exceptional observation of an American Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus) in Kenitra. “The bird found very weak in the city of Kenitra three days ago by my uncle, and was collected to his garden” reported Thomas S. Lahlafi in the facebook group of GOMAC. The bird would have gained its strength until last night, and was not there this morning. “The rarity is twofold” added Lahlafi, in reference to the fact that the American Purple Gallinule found here has survived its trans-Atlantic trip unlike many records elsewhere in the Western Palearctic which are found dead after the trip!


This is the first record for Morocco and also for North-west Africa, and thus added to the recent ‘firsts for Morocco’ list.

“Observation exceptionnelle d’une Talève violacée !!!!!!!!! En pleine ville de Kénitra, mon oncle l’a trouvée très affaiblie il y a 3 jours, l’a recueillie dans son jardin. Elle aurait repris des forces jusqu’à hier soir, et n’était plus là ce matin. La rareté est double, puisque les quelques mentions au Paléarctic ferai état d’individus trouvée mort après le voyage !” Thomas S. Lahlafi

 Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus), Kenitra, 15 November 2014 (Thomas S. Lahlafi)

Here is another image by Antoine Rougeron and hosted at Surfbirds gallery (showing the bird in what looks like a garden).Many thanks!

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