Apus is a small constellation located in the third quadrant of the Southern Hemisphere. It represents a bird-of-paradise, but its name means “without feet” in Greek as the bird-of-paradise was once wrongly believed to lack feet. It was listed by Petrus Plancius in the late 16th century, along with 11 other relatively new constellations. Between latitudes +5 and -90, it’s neighboring constellations are Ara, Chamaeleon, Circinus, Musca, Octans, Pavo, and Triangulum Australe.
The bird-of-paradise originally came from New Guinea and was believed to be a bird born without feet. This was not the case, but rather all of the skeletons sent to early scientists and archaeologists had their feet removed because the locals treasured them and would often make jewelry out of them. While this constellation was not born from Greek mythology, it still came from a fascinating story of misconception and idolism.