Black Backed Swamphen


This Swamphen  is another ground-dwelling bird which has succumbed to the introduced mongoose. Consequently it is only found on some of the small islands and other mongoose-free islands such as Taveuni, Kadavu and Ovalau. Visitors from New Zealand will recognise the Fiji Swamphen as their Pukeko, but in Fiji it is not such an adaptable and common bird.

Fact Card

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Gallirallus philippensis
GROUP NAME:  KINGDOM – Animalia / PHYLUM – Chordata / CLASS – Aves
ORDER – Gruiformes / FAMILY – Rallidae / GENUS – Porphyrio

Video: Black Backed Swamphen


  • [Josep del Hoyo]. (2007, August 4). Black-backed Swamphen Porphyrio indicus [Video]. Macaulay Library. Link

Additional Sources of Information

  • NatureFiji-MareqetiViti is Fiji’s only domestic NGO working solely for the conservation and sustainable management of Fiji’s unique natural heritage – Link


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Black Backed Swamphen

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