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Fasciated Tiger Heron

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Tigrisoma fasciatum


[edit] Identification

Length 62-66cm (24-26in.)
Typical body shape of a heron, with long neck, but often not extended. Body appears overall dark at a distance, but it has a fine pattern of stripes and bars. The neck and upper breast shows a single, vertical brown stripe bordered by white or buff plumage. Yellow markings on face. Top of flat head is slaty.

[edit] Similar Species

ReiniSarapiqui River, Costa Rica, February 2005
Sarapiqui River, Costa Rica, February 2005

Similar to the Bare-throated Tiger Heron this bird has slightly shorter legs, is darker with a dark bill & cap and has the white stripe running up the neck continue up to the base of the bill.

[edit] Distribution

In Central America occurs in Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama and in South America found from Colombia and Venezuela south to Bolivia and north-west Argentina with a separate area of range in south-eastern Brazil and north-east Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • T. f. salmoni: is smaller and more finely-barred
  • T. f. fasciatum:
  • T. f. pallescens: is paler
  • North-western Argentina
ImmaturePhoto © by firecrest15Rio Papallacta, Guango Lodge, East Andes, Ecuador, April 2015
Photo © by firecrest15
Rio Papallacta, Guango Lodge, East Andes, Ecuador, April 2015

[edit] Habitat

Fast-flowing streams in humid montane forest.

[edit] Behaviour

Often stands on a boulder in mid-stream, catching fish from fast-flowing water. Patient, holds same pose for a considerable period, again typical of the family.

[edit] Diet

Their diet is not well recorded but is know to include fish and they have been observed stalking frogs.

[edit] Movements

A resident species.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2015)

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