Central America - Herons & Stilts and other water birds

On this page you will find pictures of herons, stilts and other water birds photographed by me in Aruba, Belize and Costa Rica.

You can scroll down to see all photo's or you can click on the underlined English name in the list (link) to see the respective photo.

  1. Brown Pelican - Bruine Pelikaan
  2. Double-crested Cormorant - Geoorde Aalscholver
  3. Neotropic Cormorant - Bigua Aalscholver
  4. Magnificent Frigatebird - Amerikaanse Fregatvogel
  5. Great White Egret - Grote Zilverreiger
  6. Reddish Egret - Roodhalsreiger
  7. Tricolored Heron - Witbuikreiger
  8. Snowy Egret - Amerikaanse Kleine Zilverreiger
  9. Cattle Egret - Koereiger
  10. Green Heron - Kleine Groene Reiger
  11. Agami Heron - Agami Reiger
  12. Yellow-crowned Night-heron - Geelkruinkwak
  13. Boat-billed Heron - Schuitbekreiger
  14. Bare-throated Tiger-heron - Mexicaanse Tijgerroerdomp
  1. Wood Stork - Kaalkop-ooievaar
  2. Jabiru - Jabiroe
  3. Grey-necked Woodrail - Cayenne-Bosral
  4. Northern Jacana - Jacana
  5. Black-necked Stilt- Amerikaanse Steltkluut
  6. Black-bellied Plover - Zilverplevier
  7. Semipalmated Plover - Amerikaanse Bontbekplevier
  8. Wilson's Plover - Dikbekplevier
  9. Greater Yellowlegs - Grote Geelpootruiter
  10. Spotted Sandpiper - Amerikaanse Oeverloper
  11. Ruddy Turnstone - Steenloper
  12. Sanderling - Drieteenstrandloper
Brown Pelican
Bruine Pelikaan
Aruba
16 March 2006

Double-crested Cormorant
Geoorde aalscholver
Belize
14 March 2009

Neotropic Cormorant
Bigua Aalscholver
Belize
4 March 2009
Magnificent Frigatebird
Amerikaanse Fregatvogel
Ambergris Caye, Belize
14 March 2009
Great White Egret
Grote Zilverreiger
Aruba
18 December 2006
Reddish Egret
Roodhalsreiger
Ambergris Caye, Belize
13 March 2009
Tricolored Heron
Witbuikreiger
Aruba
19 March 2006
Snowy Egret
Amerikaanse Kleine Zilverreiger
Belize
4 March 2009
Cattle Egret
Koereiger
Aruba
19 December 2006
Green Heron
Kleine Groene Reiger
Belize
12 March 2009
Agami Heron
Agami Reiger
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
March 2003

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Geelkruinkwak
Belize
13 March 2009

Boat-billed Heron
Schuitbekreiger
Belize
4 March 2009

Bare-throated Tiger-heron
Mexicaanse Tijgerroerdomp
Belize
4 March 2009

Wood Stork
Kaalkop-ooievaar
Belize
6 March 2009
Jabiru
Jabiroe
Belize
3 March 2009
Grey-necked Woodrail
Cayenne-Bosral
Belize
4 March 2009
Northern Jacana
Jacana
Belize
3 March 2009

Black-necked Stilt
Amerikaanse Steltkluut
Aruba
19 March 2006

The taxonomy of this bird is still somewhat contentious. Some describe as many as five distinct species; others consider some or all of these to be subspecies. Some refer to the name Black-winged Stilt as the old world nominate species (Himantopus himantopus) and to the name Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) as the species occuring in the Americas.

Black-bellied Plover
Zilverplevier
Aruba
20 December 2006
Semipalmated Plover
Amerikaanse Bontbekplevier
Aruba
20 December 2006
Wilson's Plover
Dikbekplevier
Belize
13 March 2009

Greater Yellowlegs
Grote Geelpootruiter
Aruba
18 December 2006

It is not always easy to distinguish the Greater Yellowlegs from the Lesser Yellowlegs.
The Greater Yellowlegs has a longer bill (noticeably longer than the head) than the Lesser Yellowlegs (the bill is as long as the head).

Spotted Sandpiper
Amerikaanse Oeverloper
Aruba
19 March 2006
Ruddy Turnstone
Steenloper
Aruba
18 December 2006

Sanderling
Drieteenstrandloper
Aruba
18 December 2006

This is the only sandpiper lacking a hindclaw.
A recently discovered reliable field mark is that Sanderling has a distinguised black gape notch ("hook" at the base of the bill, clearly shown on this photo), in all plumages; Semipalmated and Western Sandpipers donít really show that. Most field guides don't mention this feature.

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