The Agami Heron might be one of the most beautiful birds in the world. It’s undoubtedly one of the most unseen.
One would think its elaborate plumage and a silvery splash of neck plumes would make it easy to spot. Brazilians nicknamed it “Soco beija-flor” or “hummingbird heroin” for a reason.
But the medium-sized bird also has short legs and incredible stillness, making it hard to find in the humid tropical lowlands.
A highly secretive and shy bird
The Agami Heron’s quiet nature makes it hard to identify as it lurks in backwater vegetation, waiting for prey with its dagger-like bill.
This secretive shy tropical bird, also called the Chestnut-bellied Heron, is the sole member of the Agamia genus.