Mauritius night heron

Mauritius night heron

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Nycticorax mauritianus

The Mauritius night heron 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. 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".

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Mauritius night heron habitat map

References

1. Mauritius night heron Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauritius_night_heron
2. Mauritius night heron on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22728777/94996372

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