HERONS, EGRETS, AND BITTERNS   -   ARDEIDAE


Rufescent Tiger-Heron - Tigrisoma lineatum
Rufescent Tiger-Heron
Tigrisoma lineatum marmoratum
Pousada Piuval, Pantanal, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Adult. This beautiful heron is found from Mexico to Argentina, occuring in both rainforest and open wetlands. They are often very shy, but the ones in the Pantanal seem to be much more approachable. (S7)


Rufescent Tiger-Heron - Tigrisoma lineatum
Rufescent Tiger-Heron
Tigrisoma lineatum lineatum
Sani Lodge, Sucumbíos province, Ecuador.
Juvenile. The name "tiger-heron" probably came from the juvenile plumage. (S8)


Fasciated Tiger-Heron - Tigrisoma fasciatum
Fasciated Tiger-Heron
Tigrisoma fasciatum salmoni
Arenal Observatory, Alajuela province, Costa Rica.
Adult. This heron only lives around fast-moving rocky streams and rivers. (S5)


Fasciated Tiger-Heron - Tigrisoma fasciatum
Fasciated Tiger-Heron
Tigrisoma fasciatum salmoni
Zamora, Zamora-Chinchipe province, Ecuador.
Juvenile. (S5)


Bare-throated Tiger-Heron - Tigrisoma mexicanum
Bare-throated Tiger-Heron
Tigrisoma mexicanum
Carara NP, Puntarenas province, Costa Rica.
This hulking heron normally occurs from Mexico to Colombia, with vagrants recorded from southern Texas and northern Peru. (D3)


Agami Heron - Agamia agami
Agami Heron
Agamia agami
Pantanal Wildlife Center, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Usually one of the hardest to see of the continent's heron's, since they stay in dense vegetation on the edges of slow moving rivers through forest. I also think it's one of the most beautiful of the family, with it's colorful plumage and amazing beak. This one amazingly sat in full view out in the open, the only time I'd ever seen one do that until several years later (see below). (S5)


Agami Heron - Agamia agami
Agami Heron
Agamia agami
Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
This bird was actively hunting at the edge of the Cristalino River in the middle of the afternoon after a rainstorm. (S8)


Boat-billed Heron - Cochlearius cochlearius
Boat-billed Heron
Cochlearius cochlearius panamensis
Ecocenter Danaus, Alajuela province, Costa Rica.
A nocturnal heron found locally around lakes and sluggish rivers throughout much of the Neotropics. There is quite a bit of individual variation in the amount of chestnut on the underparts; this one shows very little. (S5)


Boat-billed Heron - Cochlearius cochlearius
Boat-billed Heron
Cochlearius cochlearius cochlearius
Pantanal Wildlife Center, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
This was a young bird that had boldly come out to the edge of the river in broad daylight (it's a nocturnal species). What I assume was mommy or daddy soon flew out of hiding and chased it back into cover! (S6)


Pinnated Bittern - Botaurus pinnatus
Pinnated Bittern
Botaurus pinnatus pinnatus
La Segua marsh, Manabí province, Ecuador.
A widespread but very scarce and local Neotropical species. I hadn't seen one for years before this one. It's shy and certainly overlooked to a certain extent, but I do believe it is pretty rare. (S8)


Black-crowned Night-Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Nycticorax nycticorax hoactli
Rio Tres Irmãos, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Adult. (S8)


Black-crowned Night-Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Nycticorax nycticorax obscurus
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
Adult. This very dark subspecies is found in southern South America. (S8)


Black-crowned Night-Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Nycticorax nycticorax hoactli
Yahaurcocha, Imbabura province, Ecuador.
Juvenile. (S8)


Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - Nyctanassa violacea
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Nyctanassa violacea calignis
Parque Nacional Natural La Ensenada de Utría, Chocó department, Colombia.
Adult. (S8)


Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - Nyctanassa violacea
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Nyctanassa violacea pauper
Genovesa Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.
Juvenile. This subspecies is endemic to Galapagos. (S5)


Green Heron - Butorides virescens
Green Heron
Butorides virescens
Caño Negro, Alajuela province, Costa Rica.
A migratory species, breeding in North America and wintering south to northern South America. (S8)


Striated Heron - Butorides striata
Striated Heron
Butorides striata striata
Pantanal Wildlife Center (Santa Tereza), Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Current taxonomy makes this one of the most widespread species in the world, occurring on every tropical continent. (S6)


Striated (Lava) Heron - Butorides striata sundevalli
Striated (Lava) Heron
Butorides striata sundevalli
Fernandina Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.
Lava Heron, endemic to the Galapagos, has now been lumped with the widespread Striated Heron despite the striking plumage differences. Apparently some hybridization occurs. (S5)


Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis
Cattle Egret
Bubulcus ibis ibis
Milpe road, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
(S8)


Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias
Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias cognata
Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.
Unlike anywhere else in South America, Great Blue Herons are permanent residents on the Galapagos. It is an endemic subspecies. (S5)


Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias
Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias herodias
Tárcoles, Puntarenas province, Costa Rica.
A wintering bird. (S5)


Cocoi Heron - Ardea cocoi
Cocoi Heron
Ardea cocoi
Transpantanal Highway, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Formerly called White-necked Heron. (S6)


Cocoi Heron - Ardea cocoi
Cocoi Heron
Ardea cocoi
Transpantanal Highway, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Note the bill color compared to the above photo. This bird is in breeding condition. (S6)


Great Egret - Ardea alba
Great Egret
Ardea alba egretta
Laguna Yahuarcocha, Imbabura province, Ecuador.
(S8)


Great Egret - Ardea alba
Great Egret
Ardea alba egretta
Laguna Yahuarcocha, Imbabura province, Ecuador.
(S8)


Whistling Heron - Syrigma sibilatrix
Whistling Heron
Syrigma sibilatrix sibilatrix
Fazenda Santa Tereza (Pantanal lodge), Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
A unique South American heron. It's not particularly tied to water, and is most often seen in pastures. (S6)


Capped Heron - Pilherodius pileatus
Capped Heron
Pilherodius pileatus
Sani Lodge, Sucumbíos province, Ecuador.
Definitely one of the prettiest of all the herons! It is mostly restricted to South America, but does get into E Panama. (S8)


Capped Heron - Pilherodius pileatus
Capped Heron
Pilherodius pileatus
Reserva Ecologica de Guapi Assu, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
Definitely one of the prettiest of all the herons! It is mostly restricted to South America, but does get into E Panama. (D3)


Tricolored Heron - Egretta tricolor
Tricolored Heron
Egretta tricolor ruficollis
Tarcoles, Puntarenas province, Costa Rica.
(S8)


Snowy Egret - Egretta thula
Snowy Egret
Egretta thula thula
Puerto Etén, Lambayeque department, Peru.
(S6)


Snowy Egret - Egretta thula
Snowy Egret
Egretta thula thula
Laguna Yahuarcocha, Imbabura province, Ecuador.
(S8)


Little Blue Heron - Egretta caerulea
Little Blue Heron
Egretta caerulea
Pousada Piuval, Pantanal, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Adult. Little Blue Herons in South America are not migratory, unlike their North American brethren. (S5)


Little Blue Heron - Egretta caerulea
Little Blue Heron
Egretta caerulea
Tárcoles, Puntarenas province, Costa Rica.
Juvenile. (S5)


Little Blue Heron - Egretta caerulea
Little Blue Heron
Egretta caerulea
El Valle, Chocó department, Colombia.
An intermediate plumage between juvenile and adult. (S8)



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