1. Fasciated Tiger-Heron Tigrisoma fasciatum, Selva Verde, Heredia, Costa Rica, February 9, 2003. A juvenile or first basic-plumaged bird. Note the white feathering on the throat - quite different from the bare yellow throat skin of Bare-throated Tiger-Heron T. mexicanum (click here for photos of Bare-throated Tiger-Herons in Mexico). The patterning on the upperparts and wings is quite coarse, while the foreneck and breast center is white with a dark central stripe (see below).
2. Fasciated Tiger-Heron T. fasciatum, Selva Verde, Heredia, Costa Rica, February 9, 2003. The same individual as above. Juvenile Fasciated Tiger-Heron is most similar to juvenile Rufescent Tiger-Heron T. lineatum and the two are perhaps not safely distinguishable in the field. Habitat choices of the two species differ and in this case is typical of Fasciated - the rocky banks of a river, the Rio Sarapiqui.
© Stephen J. Davies