Bare-throated Tiger Heron

Tigrisoma mexicanum

The Bare-throated Tiger Heron, ''Tigrisoma mexicanum'', is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, found from Mexico to northwestern Colombia, with one recorded sighting from the United States in Hidalgo County, Texas. It is 80 cm in length and weighs 1200 g.
Bare-throated Tiger-heron Bare-throated Tiger-heron just above the mangroves just north of Quepos Bare-throated Tiger Heron,Costa Rica,Tigrisoma mexicanum

Appearance

The throat is bare and is greenish-yellow to orange in all plumages. The adult has black crown and light grey sides of head, the sides of the neck and the upperparts otherwise blackish narrowly barred buff. The median stripe down the foreneck is white bordered with black; the remaining underparts are dull cinnamon brown. The juvenile is buff coarsely barred with black, more mottled and vermiculated on wings; the throat, median underparts and belly are whitish.

The flight is heavy, and the call is a hoarse ''howk-howk-howk''. Males also give a booming ''hrrrowwr!'' call, especially at sunset. During emission of the call, the beak opens wide and undulations can be seen along the course of the throat from mid-thorax caudally.
Tigrisoma mexicanum-garza_tigre From the lowlands near the bridge to Nicoya Bare-throated Tiger Heron,Costa Rica,Geotagged,Tigrisoma mexicanum,Winter,bird,heron

Habitat

This large species is found in more open habitats than other ''Tigrisoma'' herons, such as river and lake banks. It waits often motionless for suitable prey such as fish, frogs or crabs to come within reach of its long bill.
Bare Throated Tiger Heron I came upon this  while on a river cruise in Costa Rica Bare-throated Tiger Heron,Tigrisoma mexicanum

Reproduction

This 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.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPelecaniformes
FamilyArdeidae
GenusTigrisoma
SpeciesT. mexicanum
Photographed in
Costa Rica