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Adult, subspecies salmoni
Photo © by elNube
Costa Rica, March 2009
Tigrisoma fasciatum


Length 62-66cm (24-26in.)
Typical body shape of a heron, with long neck, but often not extended.
Body appears overall dark at a distance, but it has a fine pattern of stripes and bars. The neck and upper breast shows a single, vertical brown stripe bordered by white or buff plumage. Yellow markings on face. Top of flat head is slaty.

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Juvenile, Nominate subspecies
Photo © by Francisco Paludo
Bocaiúva do Sul, PR, Brazil, July, 2018

Similar to the Bare-throated Tiger Heron this bird has slightly shorter legs, is darker with a dark bill & cap and has the white stripe running up the neck continue up to the base of the bill.


In Central America occurs in Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama and in South America found from Colombia and Venezuela south to Bolivia and north-west Argentina with a separate area of range in south-eastern Brazil and north-east Argentina.



Juvenile, subspecies salmoni
Photo © by Reini
Sarapiqui River, Costa Rica, February 2005

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • T. f. salmoni: is smaller and more finely-barred
  • T. f. fasciatum:
  • T. f. pallescens: is paler
  • North-western Argentina


Fast-flowing streams in humid montane forest.


Often stands on a boulder in mid-stream, catching fish from fast-flowing water. Patient, holds same pose for a considerable period, again typical of the family.


Immature, subspecies salmoni
Photo © by firecrest15
Rio Papallacta, Guango Lodge, East Andes, Ecuador, April 2015

Their diet is not well recorded but is know to include fish and they have been observed stalking frogs.


A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2015)

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