Family Herons (Ardeidae)

Least Concern

Rufescent Tiger-heron (Tigrisoma lineatum)


French: Onoré rayé German: Marmorreiher Spanish: Avetigre colorada

Ardea lineata


, 1783,



Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. l. lineatum (Boddaert, 1783) – E Honduras to SW Ecuador and E through Amazonia to N Bolivia and E Brazil; reported presence in NE Guatemala unconfirmed.
  • T. l. marmoratum (Vieillot, 1817) – C Bolivia to E Brazil and S to Paraguay, NE Argentina and Uruguay.
  • Descriptive notes

    66–76 cm; 840 g. Unmistakable, with rich chestnut head and neck, narrowly white-banded slate-coloured flanks and underwings, ochre-tinged grey abdomen, blackish back... read more


    Vocalizations include a “wok, wok” or “uuk-uuk-uuk-uuk-uuk...” in alarm, a “quoh, h, h” in contact... read more


    Typically found along wooded banks of slow-flowing rivers, and in swamps and marshes of tropical... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little known. Fish (Hoplosternum, Synbranchus), aquatic insects, amphibians, crustaceans, snakes, grasshoppers, water... read more


    Little known, but season (based on few observations) suspected to be Mar–Nov in Costa Rica, Apr in Panama Mar–Nov in Colombia,... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No information available on overall status and population size, but is very widespread, even occurring in green areas in some large... read more

    Recommended citation

    Martínez-Vilalta, A., Motis, A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Rufescent Tiger-heron (Tigrisoma lineatum). 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).