Local Name (Spain): Garza Imperial - ("Imperial Heron")
Featured Subspecies: Ardea purpurea purpurea
The closest relation of the Grey Heron in Europe, the Purple Heron is however far more localised and secretive that it's grey cousin; a species of reed-beds found primarily in Mediterranean countries in Europe. It is another widely distributed species however, found in addition to Southern Europe across India, South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. This is one of those species where the name doesn't necessarily make that much sense when examined; while there is a sort of purple quality to it if you squint at it, the more general impression is one of a coppery-orange and grey.
Subspecies: A. p. purpurea, A. p. bournei, A. p. madagascariensis, A. p. manilensis
- Sighting Locations -
SPAIN - Widespread but local Resident- MADRID 2016 TRIP: Seen at Navaseca (2 individuals flying into reeds), Arrocampo (numerous) and Rivas Vaciamadrid (2 birds)
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List