Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Purple Heron, Mole National Park, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image

Mole National Park, Ghana
June 2011

The Purple Heron breeds in southern and central Europe and through India and south-east Asia to China. The European and Chinese populations migrate south in the winter with the European birds migrating to Africa mainly south of the Sahara. Many of the birds in Africa are sedentary as presumably this one is since the photo was taken in June.

It is more often seen in dense vegetation than many other herons.

There is a distribution map and other excellent information at Heron Conservation.

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