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Tigrisoma mexicanum

Bare-throated Tiger-Heron

  • Order: Pelecaniformes
  • Family: Ardeidae


Tigrisoma mexicanum

Caño Negro Refuge, Costa Rica; 14 March 2010 © Julio Gallardo

Bare-throated Tiger-Heron is a medium-sized wading bird of Central America that reaches northwestern South America in Colombia and extreme northwestern Peru. While congeners might be found in more densely vegetated habitats, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron often forages in the open and feeds both on aquatic animals like fish and frogs as well as terrestrial rodents. Overall, the species is long and bittern-shaped with a bit more bulk, in the style of the night-herons.  Juveniles are strikingly barred black and rust throughout their bodies, whereas adults have a gray face with a black crown, spearlike black and yellow bill, grayish upperparts, and rufous underparts; a patch of bare skin on the throat gives the species its common name.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (Tigrisoma mexicanum), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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  • IUCN Status:Least Concern