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Purple Heron Common name
Ardea purpurea Scientific name 
Ciconiiformes Order
Ardeidae Family   
89 cms             length
Reed beds, inland or estuarine, Habitat
2-5 Eggs.  Nests singularly or small groups Clutch
Maily bird, small animals, fish and frogs, Food
Feeds solitarily Habits


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01/03/2008 0000000

25/10/2009 500,000

28/02/2012 870,300



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01/01/2009 151,000

01/10/2010 562,291

24/09/2012 1,000,000


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