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Bare-throated Tiger-Heron Tigrisoma mexicanum

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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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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

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