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 52 videos
An adult harpooning a fish and swallowing it. Locality Lingambudhi Lake, Mysore, Mysore District, Karnataka, India (ssp manilensis)
Josep del Hoyo 11 December 2009 3 years ago 56 sec 4.7
UNA GARZA IMPERIAL (Ardea purpurea) CAZA Y SE TRAGA A UNA FOCHA (Fulica atra) - A Purple Heron catching and swallowing a Common Locality Southeast Madrid Regional Park, Madrid, Spain
Luis Miguel Ruiz Gordón 1 June 2004 1 year ago 1 min 6 sec 4.5
The chicks on the nest Locality Ebro Delta, Tarragona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp purpurea)
Pedro Rubio 1994 11 years ago 25 sec 4.4
juveniles wanna fly Locality Yilan County, Taiwan (ssp manilensis)
Vicky Cheng 23 June 2011 2 years ago 2 min 21 sec 4.3
An adult approaching to its pair and trying to copulate. Locality Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Mandya District, Karnataka, India (ssp manilensis)
Josep del Hoyo 11 December 2009 3 years ago 56 sec 4.3
Young bird doing the last fishing of the day at dusk Locality Aranjuez, Madrid, Spain (ssp purpurea)
Juan Sanabria 30 August 2010 3 years ago 45 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 109 photos
Coming to the nest
Locality Centro Habitat Mediterraneo, Litorale Romano Nature Reserve, Lazio Region, Italy
Marco Valentini 3 April 2013 1 year ago 4.6
An adult in flight seen from below
Locality Chorokhi Delta, Adjara Autonomous Republic, Georgia (ssp purpurea)
Lars Petersson 29 April 2013 12 weeks ago 4.6
A juvenile on the ground.
Locality Bhavnagar District, Gujarat, India
Jeel Bharat Patel 15 January 2014 13 weeks ago 4.5
Purple Heron in flight.
Locality Nandur Madhymeshwar Dam, Nashik Division, Maharashtra, India
Satish Gogate 17 November 2013 17 weeks ago 4.5
A juvenile in flight.
Locality Abu Nakhla Ponds, Doha, Qatar (ssp purpurea)
John A Thompson 13 September 2008 3 years ago 4.5
An adult shading nestlings from the heat of the mid-day sun.
Locality Lake Baringo, Kenya (ssp purpurea)
Steve Garvie 12 July 2010 3 years ago 4.5
Calling in heronry Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 October 1983 3 years ago 4
Calling while taking off Locality Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 August 2003 4 years ago 4
Calling in flight Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 July 1983 3 years ago 3.5
Softer calls Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 August 1983 4 years ago 3
Different call on the wing Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 March 2003 4 years ago 3