Agami Heron Agamia agami
Brazilian name: garça-da-mata
Pixaim, Mato Grosso, Brazil
The Agami Heron is a shy, solitary bird. It hardly ever comes out into the open and is most frequently found at the water's edge under overhanging vegetation. It rarely, if ever, is to be found wading in the open.
Steve Hilty, in his fascinating book, "Birds of Tropical America", Page 28, explains that this habitat requirement is one of the reasons for its apparent rarity.
|I was very lucky on the
first occasion that I saw this bird because it flew out from
its cover as we watched and it went about 20 m across the river
to perch in a tree on the other bank. This was at about 5:00 pm
so the sun was getting quite low, hence the rather reddish tinge
to the light.
In the first photograph you should be able
to make out the very short tibia which gives the
bird a rather unusual stance.
|The Brazilians call this bird
a "Soco beija-flor" or Humming-bird Heron. Whether this
is because of its very long bill or because of its magnificent
colours, I don't know, but the name would be valid on either
It is sufficiently distinctive to be classified as a separate genus
|The name Agami comes from a Cayenne Indian name for a forest bird.|
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