Agami Heron (Agamia agami)

Order: Pelecaniformes | Family: Ardeidae  | IUCN Status: Vulnerable

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madre de Dios, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madre de Dios, Peru

Age: Adult, Breeding | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madre de Dios, Peru

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madre de Dios, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~67.5 cm (26.5 in). The Agami Heron has a long thin bill and an ornate plumage as an adult. Juvenile birds are a dull bluish-brown. They wade on shallow edges of lakes, slow-moving creeks, and swamps. The Agami Heron is unmistakable, but see adult Little blue Heron and Striated Heron.

Status: The Agami Heron is rare in the Amazonian lowlands. It is perhaps uncommon at the right habitat but is likely to be overlooked due to its reclusive habits and difficulty of access to the species’ habitat. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Garza de Pecho Castaño.

Sub-species: Agami Heron (Agamia agami) Gmelin, 1789.

Meaning of Name: Agamia, agami: Tupi, Amerindian name for the Agami Heron.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.