Purple Heron

Ardea purpurea

Order

PELECANIFORMES

Family

Bitterns, Herons and Egrets (Ardeidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

CHRRID

ITIS

HEAD

Purple Heron Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Dagger
  • Eye Color: Yellow
  • Head pattern: Crested or plumed
  • Crown Color: Black
  • Forehead Color: Black
  • Nape Color: Black to gray.
  • Throat Color: Gray
  • Cere color: No Data

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BODY

Purple Heron Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 76-89 cm (30-35 in)
  • Weight: 524-1219 g (18.5-43 oz)
  • Size: Very Large (32 - 72 in)
  • Color Primary: Gray
  • Underparts: Gray
  • Upperparts: Gray and rufous or rust.
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Solid

FLIGHT

Purple Heron Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Direct flight with slow steady wing beats.
  • Wingspan Range: 119-150 cm (47-59 in)
  • Wing Shape: Rounded-Wings, Long-Wings
  • Tail shape: Fan-shaped Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Solid
  • Upper Tail: Gray
  • Under Tail: Gray
  • Leg Color: Yellow with gray-black striping and browninsh feet.
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