The Rufescent Tiger Heron tigrisoma lineatum, is one of the three species from the Tigrisoma genus of South America.

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Its common name indicates the rufous head, neck and breast while the latin special element describes the white markings on the throat.

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This individual was seen in Buenos Aires, at the southern extreme of its range and thus, for those who would have them split, is the T.l. marmoratum race. The nominate is found to the north, as far as southern Central America.

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Sexes are alike, but juveniles carry a cryptic, striped plumage (shared with the juvenile Fasciated and Bare-throated Tiger Herons) which conforms even more closely to the “tiger-bodied” translation of the generic name.

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Redgannet has been working for over 33 years as a crew member/flight attendant and enjoys the well-ventilated air of the outdoors. The nom de blog, Redgannet, was adopted to add an air of mystery and to make himself more attractive to women. His father first whetted Redguga's appetite for all things natural by buying him his first pair of 7x35s and a copy of Thorburn's Birds. Having no mentor beyond an indulgent parent, he spent the first season hoping for an Egyptian Vulture at the bird table in his English garden. His most memorable birding moment is seeing an Egyptian Vulture with those same binoculars 26 years later. Redgannet is married to Canon, but his heart and half of his house belongs to Helen and their son Joseph. He is looking forward to communicating with people who don't ask if he is searching for the "feathered variety" of bird.