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Bare-throated tiger heron (Tigrisoma mexicanum)
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Ardeidae
Subfamily: Tigriornithinae
Genus: Tigrisoma
Swainson, 1827
Type species
Ardea tigrina

Tigrisoma is a genus of herons in the family Ardeidae.

The genus was erected by the English naturalist William Swainson in 1827, with the rufescent tiger heron (Tigrisoma lineatum) as the type species. [1] [2] The genus name combines the Ancient Greek tigris, meaning "tiger" and sôma, meaning "body". [3]


Three species are placed in the genus: [4]

ImageNameCommon nameDistribution
Tigrisoma mexicanum CR.JPG Tigrisoma mexicanum Bare-throated tiger heron from Mexico to northwestern Colombia, with one recorded sighting from the United States in Hidalgo County, Texas
Tigrisoma fasciatum.jpg Tigrisoma fasciatum Fasciated tiger heron from Costa Rica through northwestern Argentina, southeastern Brazil, and Guyana; it has been recorded as a vagrant in Nicaragua
Rufescent tiger heron (Tigrisoma lineatum).JPG Tigrisoma lineatum Rufescent tiger heron Central America through much of South America

Beautiful in flight, with great markings on the feathers. Nest mostly resembles a jumbled pile of twigs with openings large enough to allow eggs to fall through occasionally. Call sounds like a sick cow. A contrast in elegance and coarseness.

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