juvenile; stocky brown-checkered body (Costa Rica; 2008-11-08)

Bare-throated Tiger Heron
Tigrisoma mexicanum

Native Range: Latin America

Notes: a bare throat and brown checkered body characterize this drab and secretive heron of forest ponds and tropical woodlands.

pale throat and breast; strong straight bill (Mexico; 2011-03-16)

yellow iris barely visible here (Mexico; 2011-03-16)
long, straight, and sharp bill (Mexico; 2011-03-16) dorsal view of juvenile; barred upperparts (Costa Rica; 2008-11-08