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Purple Heron

(Ardea purpurea)
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

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "purpurea"

ADULT

Lateral view of an adult Purple Heron (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-lateral view of a juvenile Purple Heron (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)

Food, Diet

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

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