DENR National Capital Region, through its East Field Office (EFO), rescued a Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyria) in Barangay Palatiw, Pasig City on Friday, 15 January 2020.
The waterbird was caught by a resident near his house and immediately reported its presence to the authorities. The EFO immediately responded and took the birth to the DENR Wildlife Rescue Center in Quezon City for evaluation of its fitness for possible release back into the wild.
Swamphens are a large purple-bluish rail with a red bill and frontal shield and red legs. It feeds on shoots and other vegetation, as well as insects and mollusks, and is mostly found near water bodies, in this case, the Pasig River. Swamphens are among the many types of wildlife species that Pasig River supports so we must take care of the river as well as its connecting waterways. It is listed as a species of Least Concern both under the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species and DENR Administrative Order 2019-09: Updated National List Of Threatened Philippine Fauna And Their Categories.