|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 count
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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