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Subspecies lineatum
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Villa Carmen Lodge, Pilicopata, Cusco Department, Peru, September 2018
Tigrisoma lineatum


Photo © by Stanley Jones
Sani Lodge, Challuacocha Lagoon, Sucumbios Province, Ecuador, January 2016

66–76 cm (26-30 in)
Very long bill

  • Chestnut head, chest and neck with a white stripe down the front
  • Slate flanks and underwings
  • Ochre-tinged grey abdomen
  • Black upperparts covered with fine white barring

Immature: broad black barring on a browny-buff base


Central and South America:
Central America: Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina



Photo © by Marcelo Allende
Posadas, Mnes, Argentina, July 2012

Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • T. l. lineatum:
  • T. l. marmoratum:
  • Central Bolivia to eastern Brazil and north-eastern Argentina


Undergrowth on river banks and swamps.



Their diet consists of fish, amphibians, grasshoppers, snakes, crustaceans etc.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Arthur Grosset
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2014)

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