Mascarene Parrot

Mascarene Parrot


Profile Mascarene Parrot

[order] PSITTACIFORMES | [family] PSITTACIDAE | [latin] Mascarinus mascarinus | [UK] Mascarene Parrot | [Authority] Linnaeus, 1771

Mascarene Parrot extinct species

Like the preceding species, just two specimens of this striking, middle-sized parrot exist. One is in Paris, the other in Vienna. Both probably date from the last years of the eighteenth century or the early years of the nineteenth. A record of an individual surviving in a European aviary until 1834 (see Hahn, 1841) is now considered to be false.

Very little is known of the species other than the fact that its home was the Mascarene island of Reunion. Why it vanished and when is not known but it can be assumed that it became extinct during the first decades of the nineteenth century.

Mantissa: 524.

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