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Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
 
Identification: Long, thin neck with a small head. Neck held more angular in flight than Grey Heron. Any heron displaying significant amounts of brown or reddish in the plumage would most likely be this species.
Information: Distribution: breeds on the continent, uncommon visitor to the British Isles.
Similar species: Grey Heron