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Allens gallinule, Ankarafantsika, Madagascar Our guide on this boat trip on a lake in Ankarafantsika, Madagascar got very excited when we saw this bird. I figured it to be a swamphen or moorhen that are commonly seen throughout the world, but it is the Allens gallinule. It can be distinguished by its blue forehead and small size. Appearantly this bird is relatively uncommon in Madagascar. Africa,Allens gallinule,Ankarafantsika,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Porphyrio alleni,Spring,World Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Allens gallinule, Ankarafantsika, Madagascar

Our guide on this boat trip on a lake in Ankarafantsika, Madagascar got very excited when we saw this bird. I figured it to be a swamphen or moorhen that are commonly seen throughout the world, but it is the Allens gallinule. It can be distinguished by its blue forehead and small size. Appearantly this bird is relatively uncommon in Madagascar.

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The Allen's gallinule, formerly known as the lesser gallinule is a small waterbird of the family ''Rallidae''. Its former binomial name is ''Porphyrula alleni''. ''Porphyrio'' is the Latin for "swamphen", and ''alleni'', like the English name, commemorates British naval officer Rear-Admiral William Allen.

Similar species: Crane-like Birds
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Aug 14, 2016. Captured Oct 22, 2015 17:08 in 4, Madagascar.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/5.6
  • 1/800s
  • ISO3200
  • 400mm