English : Purple Swamphen
Binomial Name : Porphyrio porphyrio
Sinhala : දම් කිතලා / පොදු දම් කිතලා / දම් මැදි කිතලා [Dam kithala / Podu dam kithala / Dan madi kithala]
Purple Swamphen is a very common bird in wed lands. Can be identified easily by its purple-blue color body and red frontal shield. Number of sub species of this bird has been identified and they have been widely distributed around the world in many countries.