EUROPA - BIRDS - Purple heron
Date of issue: 31.05.2019
Author: Zlatko Drčar
Motive: Purple heron
Printed by: Agencija za komercijalnu djelatnost d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia
Printing Process and Layout: 4-colour offset in sheetlets of 8 stamps + a label
Paper: Tullis Russell Chancellor Litho PVA RMS GUM, 102 g/m2
Size: 29.82 x 42.60mm
Perforation: Comb 14 : 14
EUROPA 2019 – birds
Purple heron and bearded reedling
Wetlands are among the most threatened bird habitats. Systematic conservation and attempts to return wetlands to their original state are already bearing fruit in Slovenia, and species which until now we have only known as occasional visitors are starting to nest here.
Purple heron (Ardea purpurea)
Though similar in appearance to the far more common grey heron, it has much darker plumage, visible both when it is at rest and in flight. It is also smaller, measuring 75–85 cm from beak to tail. It likes to hide in reed beds. If it senses danger, it becomes immobile and oscillates the upper part of its body in time with the movement of the surrounding reeds. It inhabits freshwater wetlands, where it feeds on fish, amphibians and insects. It makes its nest in reed beds and lays between four and five greenish-blue eggs; it has one brood per year. Its first confirmed nesting in Slovenia was in the Škocjanski Zatok Nature Reserve in 2017.