Bird Families

Azure Sultan


Sultanka (lat.Porphyrio) is a genus of birds from the shepherd family. Characteristic features are a short, high beak with oval or rounded nostrils, very long fingers, while the middle toe is longer than the metatarsus. One species - the Caspian sultanka - nests in Russia on the western coast of the Caspian Sea.


In the genus of sultans (Porphyrio) there are 10 modern types:

  • Porphyrio alleni - Bronze sultana
  • Porphyrio flavirostris - Azure Sultanka
  • Porphyrio hochstetteri - Takahe
  • Porphyrio indicus
  • Porphyrio madagascariensis - Sultan of Madagascar
  • Porphyrio martinica - Little Sultanka
  • Porphyrio melanotus
  • Porphyrio poliocephalus - Caspian Sultan
  • Porphyrio porphyrio - Sultanka
  • Porphyrio pulverulentus

Extinct species (12 species):

  • White sultanka (Porphyrio albus) † - became extinct in the first half of the 19th century
  • Reunion moorhen (Porphyrio caerulescens) † - became extinct by the end of the 17th century
  • New Caledonian Sultanka (Porphyrio kukwiedei) † - Extinct in historical time (Late Quaternary) or later
  • Takahe about. Northern (Porphyrio mantelli) † - became extinct in historical time (late Quaternary period) or in the 1890s.
  • Marquesas moorhen (Porphyrio paepae) † - became extinct in historical time (late Quaternary period) or in the 1900s.
  • Sultanka about. Huahine (Porphyrio mcnabi) † - Extinct in Historical Time (Late Quaternary)
  • Sultanka about. Buka (Porphyrio sp.) † - historical time (Holocene)
  • Giant Sultan (Porphyrio sp.) † - historical time (Holocene)
  • Sultanka about. New Ireland (Porphyrio sp.) † - historical time (Holocene)
  • Sultanka about. Norfolk (Porphyrio sp.) † - historical time (Holocene)
  • Sultanka about. Rota (Porphyrio sp.) † - historical time (Holocene)
  • Sultanka (? Or Shepherd) Fr. Mangaia (Porphyrio sp.) † - historical time (Holocene) - species unclear - may belong to the genera: Sultanka or Moorhen or Pareudiastes

Azure Sultan

Lives in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guinea, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, USA, and Venezuela.

  • Sultan Porphyrio melanotus Porphyrio poliocephalus Porphyrio porphyrio - Sultan Porphyrio pulverulentus Extinct species 12 species White Sultan Porphyrio
  • sultana Porphyrio martinica formerly Porphyrula martinica Azure sultana Porphyrio flavirostris formerly Porphyrula flavirostris White sultanka
  • which uses several varieties of fish: sea scorpion, mullet, anglerfish, trigla, eel. Sometimes crabs, red snails are added
  • lead gray shepherd Porphyrio martinica - little sultan Porphyrio flavirostris - azure sultan Gallinula chloropus galeata - moorhen Gallinula
  • castaneoventris Horned moorhen - Gallicrex cinerea Sultanka - Porphyrio porphyrio White sultanka - Porphyrio albus Dark moorhen - Gallinula tenebrosa
  • the space, chin and upper part of the throat were entirely naked, red and azure. Around the eyes was a wide light leathery ring of pale yellow
  • bluefish, European hake, Black Sea scorpion - ruff, common sultan mackerel, common horse mackerel, Caspian - Black Sea herring, Black Sea - Caspian
  • shepherd, Rallus limicola Carolina pogon, Porzana carolina Little sultan Porphyrio martinica Gallinula galeata American coot, Fulica

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