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Grey-headed Swamphen

Porphyrio poliocephalus (Latham, J 1802)

The grey-headed swamphen is a species of swamphen occurring from the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent to southern China and northern Thailand. It used to be considered a subspecies of the purple swamphen, but was elevated to full species status in 2015; today the purple swamphen is considered a superspecies and each of its six subspecies groups are designated full species. Source: Wikipedia




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Classification
Order:
  Gruiformes
Family:
  Rallidae
Genus:
   Porphyrio
Scientific:
  Porphyrio poliocephalus


Original description

Citation:
  (Latham, J 1802)

Reference:
   Suppl. Indicis Orn.

Imprint year:
  1801

Protonym:
  Gallinula poliocephala


Avibase identifiers

Avibase ID:
  EF0BC7FEDE7D8803

Avibase ID:
  avibase-EF0BC7FE

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/EF0BC7FE


Taxonomic Serial Number:
  TSN: 708098

Geographic range:

  • Porphyrio poliocephalus poliocephalus: India to Sri Lanka, southern China, northern Thailand, and the Andaman and Nicobar islands. An introduced population in Florida (United States) apparently is this subspecies
  • Porphyrio poliocephalus seistanicus: Iraq and s Iran to Afghanistan, Pakistan and nw India
  • Porphyrio poliocephalus caspius: Caspian Sea to nw Iran and Turkey
English:
Grey-headed Swamphen
Danish:
Indisk Sultanhøne
German:
Graukopf Purpurhuhn
Spanish:
Calamón Cabecigrís
Spanish (Spain):
Calamón Cabecigrís
Finnish:
intiansulttaanikana
French:
Talève à tête grise
Croatian:
Sivoglava sultanka
Italian:
Pollo sultano testagrigia
Japanese (romaji):
haigashiraseikei
Japanese:
ハイガシラセイケイ
Dutch:
Grijskoppurperkoet
Norwegian:
gråhodesultanhøne
Polish:
modrzyk siwoglowy
Russian:
Султанка
Slovak:
sultánka brahmanská
Serbian:
Sivoglava sultanka
Swedish:
gråhuvad purpurhöna
Chinese:
紫水鸡
Chinese (Traditional):
灰頭紫水雞


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
Grey-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus)
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
Grey-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
Grey-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
Grey-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
Grey-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
Grey-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
Grey-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 07 (Feb 2020):
Grey-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 08 (Feb 2021):
Grey-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
Clements, version 2015:
Gray-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
Clements, version 2016:
Gray-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
Clements, version 2017:
Gray-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
eBird version 1.52:
Purple Swamphen (Gray-headed) ( Porphyrio porphyrio [poliocephalus Group]) [version 1]
eBird version 1.53:
Purple Swamphen (Gray-headed) ( Porphyrio porphyrio [poliocephalus Group]) [version 1]
eBird version 1.54:
Purple Swamphen (Gray-headed) ( Porphyrio porphyrio [poliocephalus Group]) [version 1]
eBird version 1.55:
Purple Swamphen (Gray-headed) ( Porphyrio porphyrio [poliocephalus Group]) [version 1]
eBird version 2015:
Gray-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
eBird version 2016:
Gray-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
eBird version 2017:
Gray-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.3:
Grey-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.4:
Grey-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.1:
Grey-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.2:
Grey-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.3:
Grey-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.4:
Grey-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.1:
Grey-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.2:
Grey-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.3:
Grey-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus) [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species (sometimes a subspecies)

This taxon is considered a subspecies of Porphyrio [poliocephalus, melanotus or indicus] (sensu lato) by some authors

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Related taxa

Alternative arrangements:  1  2 

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Other synonyms

See also the taxonomic synonyms table.


Danish: Indisk Sultanhøne
German: Graukopf Purpurhuhn
English: Gray-headed Swamphen, Grey-headed Swamphen, Indian Swamphen, Purple Coot, purple swamphen, Purple Swamphen (Gray-headed)
English (India): Grey-headed Swamphen (Purple Swamphen)
Esperanto: Grizkapa porfirio
Spanish: Calamón Cabecigrís
Spanish (Spain): Calamón Cabecigrís
Estonian: lasuur-sultantait
Persian: طاووسک
Finnish: Intiansulttaanikana
French: Talève à tête grise, Talève d'Asie, Talève sultane (à tête grise)
Hebrew: פורפיריה אפורת-ראש
Croatian: Sivoglava sultanka
Armenian: Մոխրագլուխ սուլթանական հավ, Սուլթանական հավ
Italian: Pollo sultano testagrigia
Japanese (romaji): haigashiraseikei
Japanese: ハイガシラセイケイ
Kazakh: көкмандай, сұлтан тауық, сұлтанша тырна
Kirghiz: султан кашкалдагы
Scientific: Gallinula poliocephala, Porphyrio alba poliocephalus, Porphyrio poliocephalus, Porphyrio poliocephalus poliocephalus, Porphyrio porphyrio [poliocephalus Group], Porphyrio porphyrio poliocephalus, Porphyrula poliocephalus
Malayalam: നീലക്കോഴി
Rennell: tekongai
Dutch: Grijskoppurperkoet
Norwegian: gråhodesultanhøne
Polish: modrzyk siwoglowy, modrzyk siwogłowy
Portuguese (Portugal): Camão-de-cabeça-cinzenta
Russian: Сероголовая султанка, Султанка, Султанская курица
Slovak: sultánka brahmanská
Serbian: Sivoglava sultanka
Swedish: gråhuvad purpurhöna
Tamil: Neela Thazhai Kozhi
Thai: นกอีโก้ง
Turkish: Gri başlı sazhorozu
Tatar: солтан кошы
Uzbek: султон товуқ, султонтовуқ
Chinese: 紫水鸡
Chinese (Traditional): 灰頭紫水雞

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