Nycticorax kalavikai   (Steadman, Worthy, Anderson & Walter)


 
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Niue Night-Heron
(Nycticorax kalavikai)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Niue

 
local name: -

 
size: ca. 60 cm (length)

extinction date: (?)

 
This species of Night-Heron could be described from bones found on Niue.

The Niue Night-Heron was slightly larger than the Rufous Night-Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus (Gmelin)) but had smaller wings. So it may have been a poor flyer or - what is more likely - flightless.

 
References:

- David W. Steadman; Trevor H. Worthy; Atholl J. Anderson; Richard Walter: New species and records of birds from prehistoric sites on Niue, Southwest Pacific. The Wilson Bulletin 112(2): 165-186. 2000
- David W. Steadman: Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds. University Of Chicago Press 2006