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Purple Heron

A nomadic European species that occasionally visits Dorset 

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There are no nature notes for this species. 



Common Name Purple Heron
Scientific Name Ardea purpurea
Species Group Birds Egrets Herons and Storks
Status Rare
Interest Level
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A bird simlar to our grey heron but with much darker colouring 

Identification Notes


  • This is a rare species and statistically you are unlikely to see it but if you do ...

  • Try and get a second opinion if you can and/or try to get the best photograph you can

  • Be sure to report the sighting to the Dorset Bird Club saying where you saw it and why you think it was this species

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Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Notebook Distribution Map Sites List Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

To see related species click here: 

Birds Egrets Herons and Storks