The Purple heron – Ardea purpurea is a large wading-bird of the Family Ardeidae and the Order Pelecaniformes. It is widespread over the Old World. It is a summer breeder to S Europe to Central Asia with an outlier in NE China that migrates S in the winter. The population in s s Africa, the Indian s Continent, S and SE Asia is largely resident. In the AWB Region there are distributed small areas of summer breeding in the Maghreb states, Turkey, S Caucasus, W Iran S E Iraq and Central Saudi Arabia. There are also a few wintering areas in the Egyptian Nile Valley and the coastal regions of the states in the S Arabian Gulf.
Type - wading-bird, colonial breeder Breeding Habitat - Fresh water marshes with reed beds, or dense vegetation, large nest of dead reeds or twigs Wintering Habitat - mangroves, mudflats, lagoons, river banks, canals, ditches,
Order: Pelecaniformes Family: Ardeidae Genus: Ardea
Species - Ardea purpurea Purple heron - Species - ebird.org Purple heron - Species sheet - wikipedia.org Purple heron - Card - oiseaux-birds.com Purple heron - List - heronconservation.org Purple heron - Sounds & Maps - xeno-canto.org
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