Purple Heron / Garza imperial
Maximum size: 90 cm - 1.5 m wingspan
They live in wetlands with marsh vegetation such as reeds, bulrush,
crumps, blackberry bushes, cistus or rockroses, and aromatic species such
as lavender, rosemary, thyme, etc., where they remain semi-concealed. They
also live in marshes, dams and rivers, both in salty or fresh waters.
They flock in large colonies in summer. They feed basically on fish
and frogs. They are included in the Red List of the Vertebrates of
Andalusia, and their conservation status is ‘Vulnerable of Extinction’,
as well as in the rest of Spain. The main threats are the loss of
habitat, pesticides and the cutting of vegetation.