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Inlcudes: Cape Verde Purple Heron
80-90 cm tall, with a 120-150 cm wingspan, weighing 0.5-1.3 kg. It is similar to the Grey Heron, but its plumage is a darker reddish-brown and the adults have a darker grey back. It has a narrower yellow bill, which is brighter in breeding adults.
It breeds in Africa, central and southern Europe, and southern and eastern Asia. The European populations are migratory, wintering in tropical Africa; the more northerly Asian populations also migrate further south within Asia. Vagrant to Barbados in the Caribbean.
There are three or four subspecies:
Reed beds or trees close to large lakes or other extensive wetlands. Shallow freshwaters with abundant vegetation, especially reedbeds, where usually breeds, also in mangroves in some areas.
It builds a nest made of sticks.
It feeds in shallow water, catching fish, frogs or insects on its long, sharp bill. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim.
Its flight is slow and in flight it retracts its neck. This is a characteristic of herons and bitterns; it differentiates them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks.
The call is a loud croaking krek.
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