NYCTANASSA

(Ardeidae; Ϯ Yellow-crowned Night Heron N. violacea) Gr. νυξ nux, νυκτος nuktos  night; ανασσα anassa  queen, lady  < αναξ anax, ανακτος anaktos  king (cf. νασσα nassa  duck); "1842.— Nycterodius* MACGILLIVRAY, Man. Brit. Orn., II, p. 126 (same type) (nec REICHENB., 1852.)  ...  *It will be seen that this name antedates Nyctherodius REICHENBACH by ten years. As no other generic name seems available for the Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Ardea violacea LINN.), I propose Nyctanassa (νυξ, night, ανασσα, queen) as a new name for this type, which should stand as Nyctanassa violacea." (Stejneger 1887).
Synon. Nyctherodius.

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 19 January 2019).