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Heron - Purple Heron

Ardea purpurea


approx size - 84cm/33" ;slender and slim necked heron;dark blue-grey above, with a yellowish bill; black crown and striking rich chestnut-rufous face and neck with a black stripe on either side; chestnut flanks; black belly easy to confuse with Goliath Heron, its darker, smaller and paler billed. Photo taken at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania


well vegetated swamps and lake edges.


Info taken from: Birds of East Africa by Terry Stevenson & John Fanshawe

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1 Comment

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 5 months ago

Hey Karam - beautiful spotting - I would like to invite you to share it also in a specialised mission interested in African birds; " Birds of sub-Saharan Africa", here:
Thanks in advance

Karan Raghwa
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Karan Raghwa

Arusha Region, Tanzania

Spotted on Jan 10, 2018
Submitted on Mar 21, 2020

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