The Purple Heron
is a large bird; body length: 30-35 inches (78-90 cm), wingspan: 47-59 inches (120-150 cm). It is similar to a Grey Heron, but slightly skinnier: the males weigh 1.3-2.6 pounds (617-1218 g), while the females are a bit smaller: 1.1-2.5 pounds (525-1135 g). Their preferred habitats are lakes and fishponds, and they feed on water insects, fish, and amphibians.
Not surprisingly, the largest population of Purple Heron in Hungary nests in the expansive reedbeds of the Lake Tisza
region. They apparently spend their winters on the coasts of Tunisia and Algeria, then come back to Hungary and stay from April till September. They build tall nests of reed, and they raise 4-6 young ones per nest. They are a highly protected species in Hungary, and records covering the 1998-2001 period show a stable 900-1500 nesting couples.
MME Monitoring Center – Birdlife Hungary: Purple Heron
Article on Surfbirds.com: Hungary - three day birding trip to western Hungary
Part of the Hortobagy National Park, and a World Heritage site, Lake Tisza
is the second largest body of water in Hungary, and one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country.
...And it is also the only Lake in Europe where you can speed around on powerboat and Jet Ski
'The Birds and the Bees' of the Hungarian Great Plains
Life on the Hungarian Great Plains (Alfold
) is primarily supported by its main river, the Tisza. The river's surroundings form a suitable habitat for rare local species.