Although widespread, Fasciated Tiger-Heron is uncommon and local throughout its range. They occur along rocky streams and rivers in subtropical forest. Frequently seen standing motionlessly on boulders or gravel in the stream’s center, they hunt primarily for fish. Although Rufescent Tiger-Heron (Tigrisoma lineatum) is somewhat similar in appearance, they prefer stagnant water and occur at lower elevations than Fasciated. The adults of these two species are distinctive, with Fasciateds appearing dark overall with narrow pale stripes throughout. The juveniles, however, are both light brown patterned with dark, and are virtually indistinguishable in the field.