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A New Bird to Count

By February 17, 2013

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Birders don't often get a new lifer without seeing any new birds, but that happened this week to many birders who have seen the purple swamphen in Florida but didn't "officially" count the bird as a sanctioned species. The American Birding Association has announced the acceptance of the purple swamphen onto the ABA Checklist, the go-to guide for listing in North America, which brings the total number of countable species in the region to 977.

The purple swamphen is native to Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa, but escaped birds were introduced to Florida in the 1990s and have established a stable, breeding population, prompting the inclusion of the birds on the ABA list. Do you agree with this decision, given that the birds are not native to North America? Or are you happy to add the purple swamphen to your life list? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Purple Swamphen
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