Nycticorax duboisi Rothschild, 1907

Réunion night-heron



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Ardea duboisi Rothschild, 1907; Megaphoyx Hachisuka, 1937:148


Conservation Status


Last record: 1674 or before (Dubois, 1674); 1672 or before?

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Réunion, Mascarene Islands


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Rothschild, Walter. (1907). Extinct Birds. London.


Other references:

BirdLife International. (2012). Nycticorax duboisi. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. ( Downloaded on 25 August 2013.

BirdLife International. 2016. Nycticorax duboisi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22728781A94996515. Accessed on 30 June 2022.

Brooks, T. 2000. Extinct species. In: BirdLife International (ed.), Threatened Birds of the World, pp. 701-708. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona and Cambridge, U.K.

Cheke, A. S. (1987). An ecological history of the Mascarene Islands, with particular reference to extinctions and introductions of land vertebrates. In: Diamond, A.W. (ed.), Studies of Mascarene island birds, pp. 5-89. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.

Cheke, Anthony S. (2013). Extinct birds of the Mascarenes and Seychelles - a review of the causes of extinction in the light of an important new publication on extinct birds. Phelsuma 21: 4-19.

Cheke, Anthony S. and Hume, Julian Pender. (2008). Lost Land of the Dodo: An Ecological History of Mauritius, Réunion & Rodrigues. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. 464 pp.

Cowles, Graham S. (1987). The fossil record, pp. 90-100. In: Diamond, A. W. (ed.). Studies of Mascarene Island Birds. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.

Cowles, Graham S. (1994). A new genus, three new species and two new records of extinct Holocene birds from Réunion Island, Indian Ocean. GeoBios 27: 87-93.

Dubois, 'Le Sieur'. (1674). Les voyages faits par le Sieur D.B. aux Îsles Dauphine ou Madagascar et Bourbon ou Mascarenes, és années 1669, 1670, 1671, 1672. Paris.

Greenway, J. C. (1958). Extinct Birds.

Hachisuka, Masauji. (1937). On the flightless heron from Rogriguez. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 50: 145-150.

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 1: Non-passerines. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.

Hume, Julian Pender. (2013). A synopsis of the pre-human avifauna of the Mascarene Islands, pp. 195-237. In: Göhlich, U.B. & Kroh, A. (eds.). Proceedings of the 8th International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution. Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien.

Hume, Julian Pender and Walters, Michael. (2012). Extinct Birds. London: T & AD Poyser.

Lambrecht, Kàlmàn. (1933). Handbuch der Palaeornithologie. Gebrüder Borntraeger, Berlin. 1024 pp.

Mourer-Chauviré, C., Bour, R., Ribes, S. & Moutou, F. (1999). The Avifauna of Réunion Island (Mascarene Islands) at the time of the arrival of the first Europeans. In: Olson, S. (ed): Avian Paleontology at the Close of the 20th Century: Proceedings of the 4th International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution, Washington, D.C., 4-7 June 1996. Smithsonian contributions to paleobiology 89: 1-38.


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