Purple Heron ( Ardea purpurea )
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The Purple heron is approximately 70 cm tall and weighs about 1.3 kg. Its wingspan ranges from 120 to 150 cm. This bird has got an agile body. The plumage coloration depends on the region the bird lives in. The long bill is orange. The small and oval head is dark on the top whereas the upper part is whitish. The long neck is purplish-orange-brown with black stripes. The wings and the tail have got blackish plumage coloration. The long legs are orange.
Ardea purpurea lives in southern parts of Europe, in western and south-eastern parts of Asia and in Africa. Its habitat are damp places, swamps. The nest is made by both partners and is made of twigs and grass. The hen has from three to seven bluish-green eggs. The hatching lasts approximately 24-28 days. The parents feed the young for 42 days. Their diet consists mainly of fish, amphibians, lizards, invertebrates and insects.