Agami Heron


About Agami Heron

Agami heron (Agamia agami), is a species of bird of the order Pelecaniformes belonging to the medium-sized Ardeidae family, native to Central and South America. It is the only member of the genus Agamia. , by the color of its plumage According to IUCN, this heron is threatened globally under the category of vulnerable due to the loss and destruction of its habitat.


Agami heron, a rare species, has a size of 66 to 76 cm. The legs are relatively short for a heron, but it has a long, thin beak. The neck and the bottom are brown. A white line runs through the center of the throat. The wings are green. Fine blue feathers adorn the head, the sides of the throat, and the base of the back. The color of the legs, the beak, and the bare facial patches are dull yellow. Both sexes are similar, but young birds are brown in most of the body with white lower parts. Normally a female lays two light blue eggs.

Distribution and habitat

Agami heron is a Neotropical species from Central and South America. Its distribution covers from the southeast of Mexico, the center and the Caribbean coast of Central America, to the Amazon basin This species avoids open areas and prefers swampy forests, mangrove forests, gallery forests and freshwater wetlands. They make their nests in colonies of one or several species. The nests are platforms made of sticks on bushes or trees located on or near the water.


Despite its colorful and colorful plumage, the agami heron is not easy to observe because it remains hidden and motionless in places with dense vegetation.
During its non-reproductive period it is a lonely, silent and elusive heron while the nesting colonies are characterized by being noisy due to the constant sounds.
They stalk their prey (fish, frogs, small reptiles, snails, among others) in shallow and shady waters in wooded areas. They wait immobile from a hanger located on a branch or root of a tree or directly in the water where they can wade very slowly.