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Photo by arthurgrosset
Guajará-Mirim, Rondônia, Brazil, March 2003
Porphyrio flavirostris


  • Pale greenish-yellow bill and frontal shield
  • Greenish-blue wing coverts
  • Brown back and tail
  • White throat and underparts
  • Yellow legs.


Eastern Colombia to southern Venezuela, the Guianas, northern Argentina and Brazil.


A monotypic species.[1]


Freshwater marshes with floating vegetation, also marshy river and lakeside edges.



The diet includes invertebrates, insects and seeds taken from water and vegetation.


The nest is an open leafy cup hidden in dense marshy vegetation. The four or five eggs are incubated by both adults.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibirds

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