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Nycticorax mauritianus - Mauritius Night-Heron
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Description

Scientific Name

Nycticorax mauritianus

English Name

Mauritius Night-Heron

Local English Name

 

French Name

 

Local French Name

 

Creole Name

 

Habitat

Terrestrial; Freshwater

Geographic Range

Mauritius, Mascarene Islands

Status

Extinct 1693

First Description

Newton & Gadow, 1893

 
Classification

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Phylum
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Sub class
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Order
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Animalia
Chordata
Vertebrata
Aves


Ciconiiformes
Arbeidae


Nycticorax mautitianus

 

Mauritius Night-Heron Nycticorax mauritianus was described from seven fossil bones (of which only a coracoid and a tarsometatarsus are available today), from Mauritius.

Leguat's description of “great flights of bitterns” in 1693 probably refers to this species, given that the only two other species of Ardeidae known from the island are Dimorphic Egret Egretta dimorpha and Green Heron Butorides striatus, which could in no way be described as “bitterns”.

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. Extinct Birds

Index
Dodo
Blue Pigeon
Broad-billed Parrot
Grey Parrot
Mascarene Coot
Mauritian Duck
Mauritius Owl
Mascarene Swan
Mauritius Night Heron
Red Rail
Bourbon Crested Starling

Rodrigues Solitaire
Rodrigues Night Heron
Rodrigues Little Owl
Rodrigues Owl
Newton's Parakeet
Rodrigues Parrot
Rodrigues Pigeon
Rodrigues Rail
Rodrigues Starling

 

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. References

BirdLife International 2003 BirdLife's online World Bird Database: the site for bird conservation. Version 2.0. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International. Available: http://www.birdlife.org (accessed 1/9/2003)

 

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. Links

IUCN Red List
Birdlife International

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