Population information

Order name Ciconiiformes
Family name Ardeidae
Scientific name Ardea purpurea Common name Purple Heron
Population name purpurea, East Europe, Black Sea & Meditereean/Sub-Saharan Africa
Breeding range C & E Europe, Black Sea, Mediterranean Non-breeding range Sub-Saharan Africa; some winter within breeding range
Red List Category Least Concern
Ramsar regions Africa
Notes

Conservation Framework

Conservation framework Notes
AEWA
CAF Action Plan
EUBD
Note:

Population size

Publication Start year End year Minimum Maximum Estimate quality Notes References Actions
WPE 3 2002 2002 135,000 300,000 No estimate [R604]
WPE 4 2006 2006 75,000 100,000 Expert opinion [R668]
WPE 5 2006 2006 135,000 300,000 Expert opinion [R668]
CSR 4 2006 2006 135,000 300,000 Expert opinion [R668]
CSR 5 2006 2006 135,000 300,000 Expert opinion [R668]
CSR 6 1990 2012 135,000 180,000 Best guess [S8488] [R1362] [R63]
CSR 7 2000 2013 61,000 99,000 Best guess [S8846] [R1371]

Population trends

Publication Start year End year Trend Trend quality Notes References Actions
WPE 3 1980 1997 STA No idea [R69]
WPE 4 1990 2000 DEC [R63]
WPE 5 1990 2000 DEC Reasonable [R63]
CSR 4 1990 2000 DEC Reasonable [R63]
CSR 5 1990 2000 DEC Reasonable [R63]
CSR 6 2000 2012 Unknown Poor [T6483] [R1362]
CSR 7 2006 2015 DEC? Reasonable [T6819] [R1549]

Population 1% level

Publication Yearset 1 percent Note
WPE 3 2002 880 SN 31/12/2017
WPE 4 2006 2200
WPE 5 2012 2000
CSR 4 0 -1
CSR 5 0 -1
CSR 6 0 -1
CSR 7 2018 870

References

  • R604 - Specialist]] Unpublished information supplied by Wetlands International Specialist Groups, 2002.
  • R69 - BirdLife International/European Bird Census Council. 2000. European bird populations: estimates and trends. Cambridge, UK. BirdLife International Conservation Series No. 10.
  • R668 - Unpublished information supplied by Wetlands International Specialist Groups, 2006.
  • R63 - BirdLife International (2004)b. Birds in Europe, population estimates, trends and conservation status. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International. (BirdLife Conservation Series No. 12).
  • R1362 - European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity (in prep) Population and trend data provided by the EU Member States in the frame of their reporting under Article 12 of the EU Birds Directive. Online fact sheets. European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity, Paris. URL: http://bd.eionet.europa.eu/activities/Reporting/Article_12/Reports_2013/Member_State_Deliveries. Accessed on 31 July 2014.
  • R1371 - Dodman, T. 2014. Status, Estimates and Trends of Waterbird Populations in Africa: AEWA-listed African populations. Wetlands International. (CSR6 African populations) URL: https://www.wetlands.org/publications/1304/
  • R1549 - BirdLife International 2015. European Red List of Birds. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities. http://datazone.birdlife.org/info/euroredlist

Notes

  • S8488 - Breeding population in PL, AT, SK, HU, SI, RO, BG at 1,815-3,287 pairs (European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity, in prep.). In addition, based on BirdLife International (2004) we can assume another 19.855-31.360 pairs in CZ, HR, BA, AL, MK, GR, UA, RU, TR, GE, AM, AZ and RU. Kushlan and Hancock (2005) estimated the whole Eurasian population at 105,000 pairs. If this is correct, the current maximum estimate for this population seems unrealistic, considering that some 46,000 pairs are accounted for in Europeand several tens of thousands must be also present in East, South East and South Asia. Therefore a lower estimate of 135,000-180,000 individuals seem to be more realistic.
  • T6483 - Apparently stable in HU, the small population in SK is declining by 20-40%. Fluctuating in RO, BG and SI (European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity, in prep.), but no recent trend information from other countries with larger populations.
  • S8846 - 20,411-32,945 pairs (BirdLife International 2015). This estimate is without the estimate for SW Asian part of the population, which was split from.
  • T6819 - Declining both in the short- and the long-term. Unknown breeding trends are reported from 7 of the 20 breeding range states (BirdLife International 2015).



Copyright Wetlands International 2012

Citation: Wetlands International (). "Waterbird Population Estimates" . Retrieved from wpe.wetlands.org on