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Nycticorax megacephalus
Rodrigues Night-Heron
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Description

Scientific Name

Nycticorax megacephalus

English Name

Rodrigues Night-Heron

Local English Name

 

French Name

 

Local French Name

 

Creole Name

 

Habitat

Terrestrial; Freshwater

Geographic Range

Mauritius, Mascarene Islands

Status

Extinct 1661

First Description

Milne-Edwards, 1873

 
Classification

Kingdom
Phylum
Sub phylum
Class
Sub class
Super order
Order
Family
Sub-Family
Genus
Species

Animalia
Chordata
Vertebrata
Aves


Ciconiiformes
Ardeidae


Nycticorax megacephalus

 

Rodrigues Night-Heron Nycticorax megacephalus is known from a number of bones, and from Leguat's 1708 and Tafforet's 1726 accounts, from Rodrigues, Mauritius.

Leguat mentioned that they were easily caught (although they were not quite flightless), and this hunting presumably caused their extinction. In 1761, Pingré specifically noted that there were no longer any butors on the island.

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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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