Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bare-throated Tiger-Heron

After watching the kingfisher of the last post, Erika turned on the Villa Lapas bridge and explained, “That looks like a Tiger-Heron!” A Bare-throated Tiger-Heron to be exact. You can see that the heron’s throat is not feathered. This tiger-heron is the only one with a bare throat.

We encountered Bare-throated Tiger-Herons throughout our Costa Rica trip. They were especially common in the one mangrove swamp we visited. I found their plumage to be remarkably variable. This individual seemed remarkably strikingly plumaged.

Tiger-Herons eat fish, frogs, crustaceans and insects, probably whatever they can catch. Although we saw them during the day, the species by nature is crepuscular or nocturnal. Bare-throated Tiger-Herons are found from the Mexican lowlands south through Central America to northernmost South America. Apparently there is one record from southern Texas (Handbook of Birds of the World).

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