This juvenile Purple Gallinule was so delightful, I just had to show off his lovely face!A few clues to tell us that this is a Juvenile Purple Gallinule . . .
- His plumage has begun to show the wonderful blues and greens that will become shimmering, iridescent colors in the sunlight when he reaches adulthood.
- There is a hint of a grayish-blue above his bill, which will evolve into the very distinctive pale blue ‘shield’, above a bill that will become bright red with a bright yellow tip.
- He is practicing climbing up and down the marshy reeds, and leaping from one narrow stalk to the next, to get at the tasty blossoms dangling overhead, just as his older siblings and parents do.