Family Herons (Ardeidae)

Least Concern

Fasciated Tiger-heron (Tigrisoma fasciatum)


French: Onoré fascié German: Streifenreiher Spanish: Avetigre oscura

Ardea Fasciata


, 1825,

Brazil; Serro do Imbé proposed as type locality


Form fasciatum formerly treated as a race of T. lineatum. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. f. salmoni P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1875 – Costa Rica and Panama E to NE Venezuela, and S through Andes to NW Argentina (Jujuy).
  • T. f. fasciatum (Such, 1825) – WC & SE Brazil (Mato Grosso; Rio de Janeiro to Rio Grande do Sul) and NE Argentina (Misiones).
  • T. f. pallescens Olrog, 1950 – NW Argentina (Salta, Tucumán).
  • Scattered records as far as the Guianas and Amapá (NC Brazil) suggest range may be more extensive#R.

    Descriptive notes

    61–71 cm; 850 g. Identified by being marginally smaller than T. lineatum, with shorter tarsi, shorter, more robust, slightly downcurved and generally dark bill... read more


    Until recently was considered to be unknown, but since then a loud series of “kwok” notes has been... read more


    Occurs in wet premontane forest; generally found along clear-water creeks, streams and fast-flowing... read more

    Food and feeding

    Very little known. Stomach contents included armoured catfish (Loricariidae) and Odonata, and recently observed stalking frogs and small... read more


    A nest in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, had a chick in Nov; nest in tree, made of sticks. Nest is a platform constructed of sticks and lianas... read more


    Sedentary. In Andes, regular dispersal, mostly of juveniles, to temperate zone; in Peru, occurs up... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Previously considered Near Threatened; included in original Red Data Book (1978/79), where placed in category Indeterminate, due to... read more

    Recommended citation

    Martínez-Vilalta, A., Motis, A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Fasciated Tiger-heron (Tigrisoma fasciatum). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 February 2020).