Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) - HBW 1, p. 407
French: Héron pourpré
Spanish: Garza Imperial
Taxonomy: Ardea purpurea Linnaeus, 1766, in Oriente; restricted to France.
Birds of Cape Verde Is sometimes considered separate race (bournei), or even distinct species, Cape Verde Heron. Three subspecies normally recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- purpurea Linnaeus, 1766 - W Palearctic, including parts of N Africa, E to Kazakhstan and Iran; Africa S of Sahara, Cape Verde Is.
- madagascariensis Oort, 1910 - Madagascar.
- manilensis Meyen, 1834 - S & E Asia, Indonesia, Philippines.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 64 videos
an immature moving out of his nest. Locality Marans, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France (ssp purpurea)
herve jacob 27 June 2015 22 weeks ago 28 sec 5
An adult bird resting on top of a tree, shaking the plumage. Locality Kosi Khurd, Mathura District, Uttarakhand, India (ssp manilensis)
Josep del Hoyo 7 July 2014 42 weeks ago 25 sec 4.7
An adult harpooning a fish and swallowing it. Locality Lingambudhi Lake, Mysore, Mysore District, Karnataka, India (ssp manilensis)
Josep del Hoyo 11 December 2009 5 years ago 56 sec 4.6
immature bird with a wriggly breakfast (unfortunately I didn't witness the final outcome) Locality Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore (ssp manilensis)
Martin Kennewell 14 September 2014 1 year ago 51 sec 4.6
Adult fishing on Canyamel reedbeds, april 2014. Locality Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Juan José Bazán Hiraldo 29 April 2014 1 year ago 17 sec 4.6
Purple Heron/Ardea purpurea 2011.4.17 Locality Tainan City, Taiwan
kun chin chung 3 years ago 1 min 29 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 169 photos
Bird swallowing a big fish.
Locality Kota District, Rajasthan, India (ssp manilensis)
Sunil Singhal 15 January 2014 1 year ago 4.9
A Purple Heron taking off above Bhopal lake.
Locality Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
Deepak Sankat 35 weeks ago 4.8
Juvenile with prey.
Locality Hungary (ssp purpurea)
István Krizák 15 August 2011 1 year ago 4.8
Purple heron's great balancing act!
Locality Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India
mhtv2001 9 May 2015 29 weeks ago 4.8
A juvenile fishing
Locality Palude Brabbia Nature Reserve, Varese, Lombardy Region, Italy
Cristiano Crolle 31 August 2015 12 weeks ago 4.7
Bird at the bank of Mahamodara Lake
Locality Galle, Southern Province, Sri Lanka (ssp manilensis)
MichaelP 24 April 2015 31 weeks ago 4.7
Calling in heronry Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 October 1983 5 years ago 4
Calling while taking off Locality Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 August 2003 5 years ago 4
Calling in flight Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 July 1983 4 years ago 3.5
Calls by a bird in flight. Locality Sultanpur, Gurgaon District, Haryana, India
Josep del Hoyo 7 July 2014 47 weeks ago 3
Softer calls Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 August 1983 5 years ago 3
Different call on the wing Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 March 2003 5 years ago 3