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Actual Scientific name : French name English name
Ardea cinerea cinerea Héron cendré  Grey Heron 
Ardea goliath Héron goliath  Goliath Heron 
Ardea melanocephala Héron à tête noire  Black-headed Heron 
Ardea purpurea purpurea Héron pourpré  Purple Heron 
Ardeola idae Crabier malgache  Malagasy Pond Heron 
Ardeola ralloides Héron crabier  Squacco Heron 
Ardeola rufiventris Héron à ventre roux  Rufous-bellied Heron  
Botaurus stellaris capensis Butor étoilé  Great Bittern 
Bubulcus ibis ibis Héron garde-boeuf  Cattle Egret 
Butorides striata atricapilla Blongios vert, Petit héron à tête noire  Green-backed Heron, Striated Heron, Little Heron 
Egretta alba melanorhyncha Grande aigrette  Great (White) Egret 
Egretta ardesiaca Héron garde-bœuf ardoise  Black Egret 
Egretta garzetta garzetta Aigrette garzette  Little Egret 
Egretta intermedia brachyrhyncha Aigrette intermédiaire  Yellow-billed Egret 
Gorsachius leuconotus Héron bihoreau à dos blanc  White-backed Night Heron 
Ixobrychus minutus minutus Butor blongios  Little Bittern 
Ixobrychus minutus payesi Butor blongios  Little Bittern 
Ixobrychus sturmii Blongios de Sturm  Dwarf Bittern 
Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax Bihoreau  Black-crowned Night Heron 



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The vernacular names were collected in the field and in the colonial literature from the first part of the 20th century. The monks who established the first dictionaries were not necessarily informed naturalists. Therefore, errors must have been committed.

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