Bare-throated Tiger-Heron is a rather large heron species found in much of
Mexico and Central America. In the United States, they are only known
from a single sighting, in southern Texas very near the Mexican border.
They are named for the patch of bare yellow skin on the throat. They
are most active near sunrise or sunset, and may also be actively foraging at
Habitat: Found in a variety of wetland habitats,
both freshwater and saltwater. Along the coasts, they can be found in
mangrove swamps. In the interior, they will utilize freshwater marshes
and forested wetlands.
Diet: Feeds on fish, amphibians, crustaceans, and
other vertebrates. Will also consume large insects.
Behavior: Often feeds by waiting motionless in
shallow water, waiting for prey to approach. When prey is within range, it
is captured with a quick thrust of the neck. They will also very
slowly walk through the shallows in search of food.
Nesting: The nest is a large platform of sticks,
lined with leaves or other softer vegetative material. It is usually
placed in a tree that overhangs or is near water. The female lays between 1
and 3 eggs.
Song: Has multiple vocalizations. During the
breeding season, often gives a repeating, carrying orrr-orrr-orrr-orrr.
When disturbed, they give a repeating howk-howk-howk call.
Migration: Considered a permanent resident
throughout its normal range.
Not likely to be confused with other heron species normally found in the
Conservation Status: Populations are thought to be
generally stable, they are found over a relatively wide geographic area, and
are relatively common in some areas.
The IUCN lists the
Bare-throated Tiger-Heron as a species of "Least Concern".