purple heron

  1. an Old World heron, Ardea purpurea, having maroon, buff, and black plumage.

Origin of purple heron

First recorded in 1830–40

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How to use purple heron in a sentence

  • The purple heron (Ardea purpurea) has the same habits as the one just spoken of, but it is a little smaller.

    Reptiles and Birds | Louis Figuier