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Bare-throated Tiger Heron - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Reini
Costa Rica, February 2005
Tigrisoma mexicanum



  • Bare greeny-yellow to orange throat
  • Distinct Black crown
  • Light grey sides of head
  • Sides of neck and upperparts buff with black narrow bars
  • Black border to white median stripe down the foreneck
  • Rest of underparts dull cinnamon brown.

Juvenile is buff, barred with black, more mottled and vermiculated on wings; the throat, median underparts and belly are whitish.

Similar Species

Photo by njlarsen
Palo Verde, Costa Rica, December 2010

The Fasciated Tiger Heron is darker and smaller, has shorter bill, and lacks the distinct black cap of the Bare-throated.


Central and South America
Central America: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama
South America: Colombia


This is a monotypic species[1].


Coastal mangrove swamps, brackish lagoons, riparian edges, wetlands, marshes, estuaries and rocky coasts.



The diet includes fish, frogs or crabs.


A solitary breeder, it builds a small flattish stick platform nest in a tree. The clutch consists of 2-3 green-tinged white eggs.


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  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BF Member observations

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