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Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)


The Purple Heron is a tall bird, upright it reaches up to 90 cm. Its shape is similar to the Grey Heron’s, but its bill is thinner and longer. The plumage seems often darker, since the neck and the wings are often brownish.Flight is slow, with neck retracted and legs extending behind the tail, although Purple Herons’ are quite a secretive compared to Grey Herons’, tending to skulk in reed beds.


Like the other Herons the Purple Heron needs fresh or brackish water to thrive. It nests in the reeds next to lakes. They stay committed to one territory.


It mainly feeds of amphibians and fish.

Protection status

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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