Agami Heron / Agamia agami

Agami Heron / Agamia agami

Agami Heron

SCI Name:  Agamia agami
Protonym:  Ardea Agami Syst.Nat. 1 pt2 p.629
Taxonomy:  Pelecaniformes / Ardeidae /
Taxonomy Code:  agaher1
Type Locality:  Cayenne.
Publish Year:  1789
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(Ardeidae; Ϯ Agami Heron A. agami) Specific name Ardea agami J. Gmelin, 1789; "Genera et Species typicæ.  ...  1.*Agamia RCHB. picta Rchb. Ardea Agami L.  Ic. Av. t 157. ic. 471. t. 158. ic. 1026—27. t. 159. ic. 470.— t. 151. ic. 489—90 et 491. t. 152. ic. 2667—68. t. 155. ic. 2669—70. t. 159. ic. 465—466. t. 157. ic. 473. t. 154. ic. 2400. t. 161. ic. 2401—2. t. 214. ic. 433." (Reichenbach 1853); "Agamia Reichenbach, Av. Syst. Nat., 1852 (1853), p. xvi. Type, by original designation and monotypy, Agamia picta Reichenbach = Ardea agami Gmelin." (Peters 1931, I, p. 114).
Synon. Doriponus, Doryphorus.

Cayenne Amerindian name Agami for a forest bird, perhaps a trumpeter Psophia; ex “Héron Agami de Cayenne” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 859, “Héron Agami” of de Buffon 1770-1783, and “Agami Heron” of Latham 1785 (Agamia).

(Psophiidaesyn. Psophia Ϯ Grey-winged Trumpeter P. crepitans) Cayenne Amerindian name Agami for a forest bird, perhaps a trumpeter; "AGAMI (Psophia, Linnæus.)  A very interesting genus of birds belonging to the gruidæ, or natural family of cranes, at least sometimes so classed, and certainly partaking of many of the characters of that family, but combining with them also some of the characters of the gallinidæ, and also of the running birds.  It is a peculiar genus, and cannot easily be brought into any part of a regular system of Ornithology.  It bears some resemblance to the cranes, the pheasants, and the bustards; and yet it belongs to neither.  ...  There is but one known species, A. crepitans, the trumpeter, or golden-breasted agami, a native of the forests of tropical America.  ...  The common cry of the male is not unlike that of the turkey-cock when he wails; but they have another and a peculiar one, on account of which they have obtained the popular epithet of trumpeter, and the specific appellation of crepitans.  This sound resembles that made by blasts of air in a trumpet, so brief, that, instead of bringing the metal to its tone, they resemble a succession of explosions." (Blyth 1836); "Agami Blyth, 1836, Partington's Cyclopaedia of Nat. Hist., I, p.46.  New name for Psophia Linnaeus, 1758." (JAJ 2020).