Nycticorax duboisi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Nycticorax duboisi
Species Authority: Rothschild, 1907
Common Name(s):
English Reunion Night-heron, Réunion Night-Heron
Taxonomic Notes: Rothschild (1907) described Ardea duboisi based on Dubois' description, but Cowles (1994) dismisses this name nomen nudum.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Symes, A. & Butchart, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Brooks, T., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S.
This species was endemic to the island of Réunion. It was last recorded in 1674, and was probably driven Extinct by hunters before 1700.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Réunion Night-heron Nycticorax duboisi was endemic to Réunion (to France), and is known only from an incomplete tibiotarsus collected by Bertrand Kervazo in the Grottes des Premiers Français in 1974. The only historical record of the species is Dubois' (1674) description of "bitterns or great egrets, large as big capons, but fat and good. They have grey plumage, each feather tipped with white, the neck and beak like a heron and the feet green, made like the feet of the "Poullets d'Inde". The specimens are deposited in the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris (Cowles 1994).

Regionally extinct:
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is likely to have inhabited freshwater wetlands.

Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It was said to be "good and fat", hunting is therefore likely to have caused its extinction.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Nycticorax duboisi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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