The purple swamphen has been split into the following species: * Western swamphen, ''Porphyrio porphyrio'', southwest Europe and northwest Africa * African swamphen, ''Porphyrio madagascariensis'', sub-Saharan continental Africa and Madagascar * Grey-headed swamphen, ''Porphyrio poliocephalus'', Middle East, through the Indian subcontinent to southern China and northern Thailand * Black-backed swamphen, ''Porphyrio indicus'', southeast Asia to Sulawesi * Philippine swamphen, ''Porphyrio pulverulentus'', Philippine islands * Australasian swamphen, ''Porphyrio melanotus'', Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania

See also

* Swamphen, the genus ''Porphyrio''


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