Bare-throated Tiger Heron

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Common Name: Bare-throated Tiger Heron
Scientific Name: Tigrisoma mexicanum

Size: 28 - 32 inches (80 cm)

Habitat: Central and South America; from Mexico to northwestern Colombia. Found in more open habitats than other Tigrisoma herons, such as river banks and lake edges. It prefers fresh or brackish still waters.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 50,000 - 499,999. Protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.

Diet: Small fish, frogs and crayfish. It stands motionless in the water and waits from its’ prey, striking quickly.

Nesting: The juvenile is buff coarsely barred with black, more mottled and vermiculated on wings; the throat, median under parts and belly are whitish. This heron is a solitary breeder, not normally found in heron colonies. The nest is a small flattish stick platform in a tree into which 2-3 green-tinged white eggs are laid.

Cool Facts: Its flight is heavy and labored. The call is a hoarse ‘howk-howk-howk’. Males also give a booming ‘hrrrowwr!’ call, especially at sunset.


Found in Songbird ReMix Shorebirds Volume II: Herons and Bitterns

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