Family Herons (Ardeidae)


Agami Heron (Agamia agami)


French: Onoré agami German: Speerreiher Spanish: Garza agamí

Ardea Agami

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,





E Mexico through Central America and N South America to NE Ecuador, E Bolivia and N & C Brazil.

Descriptive notes

60–76 cm; 475–580 g. Unmistakable, with bluish-black face and crown, long pale blue crest feathers, white chin, very long snake-like neck, chestnut with central... read more


Generally silent although several calls described, including a characteristic, low-pitched,... read more


Swampy edges of lakes and margins of streams amid tropical forest, more rarely in dry forest; also... read more

Food and feeding

Diet is little known. Mainly fish, including cichlids (Aequidens) and in Peru characins (Triportheus, Astyanax... read more


Little known. Season apparently related to rains: in Costa Rica, nest building at end of Jun; in Venezuela, downy chicks at end of Jul (... read more


Until recently no direct evidence of migration. Occasional records from areas outside known... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Status very hard to determine, as inhabits dense riparian vegetation, rarely venturing into open areas and is difficult to see. Few data from much of range, but... read more

Recommended citation

Martínez-Vilalta, A., Motis, A., Kirwan, G.M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Agami Heron (Agamia agami). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 26 February 2020).