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Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Aves > Order: Ciconiiformes > Family: Ardeidae > Genus: Ardea > Species: Ardea purpurea purpurea

Ardea purpurea purpurea Linnaeus, 1766

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by EU Birds Directive and 4 other international agreements
Natura 2000 sites 57 are designated for this species
Breeding habitats
  • rivers and lakes
  • wetlands
Natura 2000 species code A634


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.


Not evaluated


Least Concern


Not evaluated

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
DE4137401 Germany Wulfener Bruch und Teichgebiet Osternienburg Map
DE4139401 Germany Mittlere Elbe einschließlich Steckby-Lödderitzer Forst Map
DE4531401 Germany Helmestausee Berga-Kelbra (Anteil Sachsen-Anhalt) Map
DE4831401 Germany Gera-Unstrut-Niederung um Straußfurt Map
DE5336401 Germany Plothener Teiche Map
DE5619306 Germany Grünlandgebiete in der Wetterau Map
DE5723302 Germany Westerngrund von Neuengronau und Breunings Map
DE6013403 Germany NSG Hinter der Mortkaute Map
DE6116402 Germany Schilfgebiete zwischen Gimbsheim und Oppenheim inklusive Fischsee Map
DE6216302 Germany Eich-Gimbsheimer Altrhein Map
DE6216401 Germany Eich-Gimbsheimer Altrhein Map
DE6315401 Germany Klärteiche Offstein Map
DE6316401 Germany Lampertheimer Altrhein Map
DE6416401 Germany Bobenheimer und Roxheimer Altrhein mit Silbersee Map
DE6716401 Germany NSG Mechtersheimer Tongruben Map
DE6716402 Germany Berghausener und Lingenfelder Altrhein mit Insel Flotzgrün Map
DE6716403 Germany Rußheimer Altrhein Map
DE6717401 Germany Wagbachniederung Map
DE6815401 Germany Neupotzer Altrhein Map
DE6816301 Germany Hördter Rheinaue Map
DE6816401 Germany Rheinniederung Karlsruhe - Rheinsheim Map
DE6816404 Germany Sondernheimer Tongruben Map
DE6915402 Germany Wörther Altrhein und Wörther Rheinhafen Map
DE7015405 Germany Neuburger Altrheine Map
DE7243401 Germany Untere Isar oberhalb Mündung Map
DE7243402 Germany Isarmündung Map
DE7537401 Germany Naturschutzgebiet 'Vogelfreistätte Mittlere Isarstauseen' Map
DE7624402 Germany Schmiechener See Map
DE8220401 Germany Untersee des Bodensees Map
DE7040471 Germany Donau zwischen Regensburg und Straubing Map
DE7744471 Germany Salzach und Inn Map
DE6119401 Germany Untere Gersprenzaue Map
DE6027472 Germany Schweinfurter Becken und nördliches Steigerwaldvorland Map
DE6728471 Germany Altmühltal mit Brunst-Schwaigau und Altmühlsee Map
DE6116450 Germany Hessisches Ried mit Kühkopf-Knoblochsaue Map
DE8140471 Germany Chiemseegebiet mit Alz Map
DE5914450 Germany Inselrhein Map
DE5417401 Germany Lahnaue zwischen Atzbach und Gießen Map
DE6217403 Germany Hessische Altneckarschlingen Map
DE6741471 Germany Regentalaue und Chambtal mit Rötelseeweihergebiet Map
DE5519401 Germany Wetterau Map
DE6331471 Germany Aischgrund Map
DE6027471 Germany Maintal zwischen Schweinfurt und Dettelbach Map
DE6116350 Germany Kühkopf-Knoblochsaue Map
DE5929471 Germany Mainaue zwischen Eltmann und Haßfurt Map
DE4754451 Germany Talsperre Quitzdorf Map
DE4740451 Germany Rückhaltebecken Stöhna Map
DE4554451 Germany Teichgebiete Niederspree-Hammerstadt Map
DE4941451 Germany Eschefelder Teiche Map
DE4840451 Germany Lobstädter Lachen Map
DE4651451 Germany Doberschützer Wasser Map
DE4552451 Germany Biosphärenreservat Oberlausitzer Heide- und Teichlandschaft Map
DE4439452 Germany Agrarraum und Bergbaufolgelandschaft bei Delitzsch Map
DE4648451 Germany Königsbrücker Heide Map
DE4648452 Germany Teiche bei Zschorna Map
DE4940420 Germany Nordöstliches Altenburger Land Map
CY4000024 Cyprus OCEANID Map

Protected sites

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Legal status

Legal text Annex Conditions More information
Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 30 November 2009, on the conservation of wild birds (EU Birds Directive)
Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention)

Resolution No. 6 (1998) of the Bern Convention lists the species requiring specific habitat conservation measures [and the designation of Areas of Special Conservation Interest (ASCIs) forming for the Emerald network]
Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. (Bonn Convention) Populations breeding in the Western Palearctic
Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds. Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals. (AEWA) http://www.migratoryspecies....ent/about-cms-family

Common names and synonyms

The species has no common names
No synonyms available.

Other resources

Fauna Europaea search Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS search Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information

External data

No external data sets available for this species
European Environment Agency (EEA)
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