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Purple Heron

(Ardea purpurea)

Description

White rump, chestnut-brown neck and breast; grey back, darker than the grey heron, and in flight, the contrast between the wing feathers and the remaining lower parts is not noticeable.

Habitat

Shier than the Grey Heron, it usually hides in reed beds or dense vegetation.

Nest

Colonial; especially in reed beds.

Diet

Mainly fish but also frogs and aquatic invertebrates.

Visitor during the months of:

April to September.