SCIENTIFIC NAME OF PURPLE HERON – In this topic, we are going to identify the scientific name of Purple Heron.Image from: The Guardian
It is a wide-ranging species of wading bird in the heron family, Ardeidae. The bird breeds in Africa, central and southern Europe, and southern and eastern Asia.
It falls under the Least Concern in the IUCN Red List. The heron is similar in appearance to the more common grey heron but slightly smaller, more slender and has darker plumage. It is also more evasive who favors densely vegetated habitats near water, particularly reed beds.
The heron hunts fish, rodents, frogs and insects, among others, by stalking them or standing waiting in ambush. The species are colonial breeders and build a bulky nest out of dead reeds or sticks that are close to the water edge.
It is a large bird that is 78 to 97 centimeters or 31 to 38 inches in length with a standing height from 70 to 94 centimeters or 28 to 37 inches.
It also has a wingspan that is 120 to 152 centimeters or 47 to 60 inches.
Scientific NameThe binomial name of purple heron is Ardea purpurea.
Ardea is a genus in the heron family Ardeidae. It is the Latin term for “heron”.
The specific epithet purpurea, on the other hand, is the Latin term for “purple“.
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