Population information

Order name Gruiformes
Family name Rallidae
Scientific name Porphyrio porphyrio Common name Purple Swamphen
Population name melanotus Australia
Breeding range N & E Australia, Tasmania, S & WC New Guinea Non-breeding range
Red List Category Least Concern
Ramsar regions Oceania
Notes Split from melanotus in WPE4. Possibly merits treatment as full species (Taylor & van Perlo (1998)).

Conservation Framework

Conservation framework Notes
No conservation frameworks

Population size

Publication Start year End year Minimum Maximum Estimate quality Notes References Actions
WPE 4 2003 2003 25,000 100,000 No quality assessment [R341]
WPE 5 2002 2004 25,000 100,000 Best guess [S6236] [R341] [R1027]

Population trends

Publication Start year End year Trend Trend quality Notes References Actions
WPE 4 0 0 Unknown No quality assessment
WPE 5 0 0 Unknown No idea [T4682]

Population 1% level

Publication Yearset 1 percent Note
WPE 4 2006 1000
WPE 5 2012 1000


  • R341 - Jaensch, Roger, August 2005. Detailed data and notes on numbers and distribution of waterbirds in Australia, updated from Jaensch, 2003, and derived from more than 90 Australian sources including Wetlands International, Birds Australia and Jaensch, 2003,
  • R1027 - Bishop, K.D. 2003. A Review of the Avifauna of the TransFly Eco-region: the status, distribution, habitats and conservation of the region?s birds. Report to WWF South Pacific Program.


  • S6236 - Coarse estimates from inland floodplains in Australia indicate class C overall.
  • T4682 - Trend not adequately assessed: some inland floodplains are negatively impacted by river regulation, others are unchanged.

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Citation: Wetlands International (). "Waterbird Population Estimates" . Retrieved from wpe.wetlands.org on