Range. - South Atlantic and Gulf States; casually north in eastern United States to Massachusetts and Ohio.

Purple Gallinule. Corn Crake.

Purple Gallinule. Corn Crake.

Pale buff.

Pale buff.

A very handsome bird with purplish head, neck and under parts, and a greenish back. Like all the Gallinules and Coots, this species has a scaly crown plate. An abundant breeding species in the southern parts of its range. Its nests are made of rushes or grasses woven together and either attached to living rushes or placed in tufts of grass. They lay from six to ten eggs of a creamy or pale buff color sparingly blotched with chestnut. Size 1.60 x 1.15. Data. - Avery's Island, Louisiana, May 7, 1896. Ten eggs. Nest of dry rushes, woven to standing ones growing around an "alligator hole" in a marsh. Collector, E. A. Mcllhenny.

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