Mauritius night heron

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Mauritius night heron
Nycticorax mauritianus.jpg
Subfossil remains
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Nycticorax
N. mauritianus
Binomial name
Nycticorax mauritianus
(Newton & Gadow, 1893)
Mauritius island location.svg
Location of Mauritius

The Mauritius night heron (Nycticorax mauritianus) is an extinct night heron species from Mauritius. It is only known by seven subfossil bone remains consisted of cranium, pelvis, coracoid, ulna, radius, and tarsometatarsus found in Mare aux Songes. Only the coracoid and the tarsometatarsus are left today. It was scientifically discussed in 1893 by Edward Newton and Hans Gadow from the Cambridge University. Newton and Gadow measured the tarsometatarsus with 81 to 87 mm.[2] It became presumedly extinct in the late 17th century and was probably first mentioned by François Leguat in 1693 who described them as a "great flight of bitterns".


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Nycticorax mauritianus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Greenway, James C. (1967): Extinct and Vanishing Birds of the World