Population information

Order name Gruiformes
Family name Rallidae
Scientific name Porphyrio porphyrio Common name Purple Swamphen
Population name madagascariensis, Madagascar
Breeding range Madagascar Non-breeding range
Red List Category Least Concern
Ramsar regions Africa
Notes Split from madagascariensis population in WPE4.

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 10,000 [R192]
WPE 5 2005 2005 1 10,000 Best guess [R192]

Population trends

Publication Start year End year Trend Trend quality Notes References Actions
WPE 4 1980 1990 DEC [R618]
WPE 5 1980 1990 DEC [R618]

Population 1% level

Publication Yearset 1 percent Note
WPE 4 2006 100
WPE 5 2012 100


  • 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