Family Herons (Ardeidae)

Extinct

Rodrigues Night-heron (Nycticorax megacephalus)


Taxonomy

French: German: Spanish:
Taxonomy:

Ardea megacephala

A. Milne-Edwards

, 1874,

Rodrigues Island

.

Closely related to †N. mauritianus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Rodrigues I (Mascarene Is). Known from a number of bones#R, and from accounts dating from 1708 and 1726.

Had evidently disappeared by 1761#R. Hunting and introduced predators were probably the chief causes of this species’ extinction.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

(2018). Rodrigues Night-heron (Nycticorax megacephalus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/1414138 on 21 October 2018).