Purple Heron

Purple Heron
English Common Name
Purple Heron
Scientific name
Ardea purpurea manilensis
Order: Pelecaniformes, Family: Ardeidae
About 79 cm
Species Distribution
In Okinawa prefecture, the species is found in Ikema, Iriomote and Miyako Islands as a resident bird. The species flies to other islands in Japan as a vagrant.
Okinawan Common Name
Okinawa Red List of Threatened Species:Vulnerable
This species maintains a wary eye toward humans, and prefers areas such as wide wetlands and forests around ponds and swamps where people rarely visit. From Hokkaido to Okinawa prefecture, this species comes as a migratory bird. The number of the bird coming to Okinawa prefecture is not large, but the area is an important for the species as a stopover or wintering place. This species does not come to coasts nor tidal flats.

Updated February 2019

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