The IUCN-SCC Heron Specialist Group

Agami Heron Working Group

About the Agami Heron (Agamia agami):

Agami Heron Working GroupThe Agami Heron is a distinctive species of heron with a range spanning South and Central America, considered Vulnerable by the IUCN Redlist/Birdlife International. Its status and biology is little known due to its retiring nature and use of densely vegetated riverine and wetland habitat. Recently it has been shown to nest in large colonies and to migrate long distances outside the nesting season. Colony site protection is the highest priority conservation action for the species as is inventory of additional large colony sites over its extensive range.

About Agami Heron Working Group:

The Agami Heron Working Group established an action plan for the conservation of the Agami Heron in 2015. The plan can be accessed in English, French or Spanish. The Group will continue to provide an information exchange and coordination point for those interested in research and conservation of the species. For further information contact the coordinators:

Chair: Deborah Chen, Tapiche Jungle Reserve, Ricardo Palma 516, Iquitos, Peru 16001; Email -

Vice-chair: Gabriel Maldonado-Casanova, Yasuní National Park Headquarters, Environment Ministry, Amazonas and Simon Bolivar Street, El Coca, Orellana Province, Ecuador; Email - ,

Resources :

2015 Agami Heron Conservation Plan, available in English, French or Spanish.
Agami Heron Working Group Strategic Statement 2015-2020


Updates are available from the coordinator and through the HeronConservation Facebook page.

Membership and Supporters:

View the AHWG member bios. New members with conservation interest and responsibility are welcome to join the group. Please contact to Deborah Chen ().

Agami Heron Sightings:

View the websites of protected areas with Agami Heron sightings or colonies within their boundaries. Some of them put updated information including pictures and videos about Agami Herons on these websites.