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Purple Heron

(Ardea purpurea)
German name(s): "Purpurreiher"
Size: 78-90 cm; wing span 1.2-1.5 m
Weight: 0.57-1.47 kg
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Purple Heron at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "purpurea"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Distant frontal view of a Purple Heron (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, April 2017]

Lateral view of a Purple Heron in flight, neck folded (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2019]

Lateral view of a Purple Heron in flight, neck folded (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2015]

Lateral view of a Purple Heron in flight, banking to land with neck stretched out (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2015]

Lateral view of a Purple Heron in flight, banking to land with neck stretched out (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2015]

Near-dorsal view of a Purple Heron in flight, neck stretched out (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2015]

Dorsal view of a Purple Heron in flight above a wetland (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, August 2014]

Additional information

More photos of Purple Herons, nominate race "purpurea", is available on our page for Oman.

Food, Diet

All egrets and herons prey on aquatic creatures in fresh water or estuaries (fish, frogs, snakes or crustaceans).

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