Friday, February 2, 2018

Fasciated Tiger-Heron

On the afternoon of 10 July, we took a short bus ride down the road leading to the Arenal Observatory Lodge in Costa Rica. We spent most of our time near a river. Along the road, in a tiny, overgrown seepage, one of our guides, Tom Bird, found a young Fasciated Tiger-Heron.

Fasciated Tiger-Herons are found in rapids of rocky rivers. There they stab fish and large arthropods. This species is found from Costa Rica through the South American Andes to northwestern Argentina, and east through northern Venezuela to Guyana. Despite this large range, this species is uncommon and local (Cornell; Wikipedia).

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