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The Purple Heron

Ardea purpurea

Description:

The Purple Heron is a wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae. The Purple Heron is a large bird, 78–97 cm in length with a standing height from to 70 to 94 cm and a 120–152 cm wingspan. It feeds in shallow water, spearing fish, frogs, insects and small mammals. It has a slow flight, with its neck retracted.

Habitat:

Plains-level marshes, jheels, vegetated lake margins and other extensive wetlands.

Notes:

The Purple Heron is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

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Kerala, India

Spotted on Jun 30, 2013
Submitted on Jun 30, 2013

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