Population information

Order name Gruiformes
Family name Rallidae
Scientific name Porphyrio porphyrio Common name Purple Swamphen
Population name madagascariensis, Egypt
Breeding range Nile Valley, Egypt Non-breeding range
Red List Category Least Concern
Ramsar regions Africa
Notes Split from madagascariensis population 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 2005 2005 1 25,000 [R192]
WPE 5 2005 2005 1 25,000 Best guess [R192]

Population trends

Publication Start year End year Trend Trend quality Notes References Actions
WPE 4 1979 1989 INC [R618]
WPE 5 1979 1989 INC [R618]

Population 1% level

Publication Yearset 1 percent Note
WPE 4 2006 250
WPE 5 2012 250


  • R192 - Dodman, T., 2006. Status, estimates and trends of waterbird populations in Africa. Wetlands International, Dakar.
  • R618 - Taylor, P.B. and van Perlo, B. (1998). Rails: a Guide to the Rails, Crakes, Gallinules and Coots of the World. Pica Press, Mountfield, Sussex.


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