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Identification tiger heron from Costa rica

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Old Friday 11th August 2006, 06:41   #1
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Hello from Costa rica

'llo All,

A colleague of mine took the attached picture of a (young) tiger heron while on vacation in Costa Rica in September last year.

Can anyone confirm which one it is Rufescent or bare throated tiger heron?

Can anyone give some good pointers for identifying the young birds of these 2 species?


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Old Friday 11th August 2006, 13:03   #2
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Looks like a Bare-throated Tiger-Heron Tigrisoma mexicanum to me
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Old Friday 11th August 2006, 14:42   #3
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A perfect example of the truly international nature of birdforum - a query from Belgium, about a Costa Rican bird, and answered from Indonesia! Outstanding!

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Old Saturday 12th August 2006, 01:44   #4
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I'd also say Bare-throated Tiger-Heron. Attached for comparison is a photo of a Bare-throated Tiger-Heron that I took several years ago in Mexico.
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Old Sunday 13th August 2006, 17:58   #5
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I also think is a Bare-throated, apparent lack of rufous on the upperparts plus darker looking cap look good for it. Also Bare-throated is much commoner in CRica , but juveniles of both species can be very similar and is hard to be sure 100% with this image. Location in Costa Rica helps a lot. If pic was taken on the pacific side then it´s Bare-throated, if on the caribbean...
there´s both there and id becomes more difficult.
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Thanks all for the input!

Motmot, I'll ask my colleague where exatly it was taken.


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Old Wednesday 20th September 2006, 18:57   #7
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Hello, from Carara Nt Park.
It is a Bare throated Juvenile. please compare photo at; on the other hand i am trying to located where to have take this photograph? Looks like Osa peninsula flora.
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Hi Randall and welcome to Birdforum. We are building up quite a few people here now from Central America and other parts of the Neotropics. I look forward to hearing more about your birding experiences on Birdforum.

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