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Mascarene parrot †
Mascarinus mascarin

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Mascarene Parrot




Of 35 cm.. height and a weight between 400 and 500 g..

The Mascarene parrot † (Mascarinus mascarin) It was a bird dark grayish brown on top, lighter at the bottom; the the tail feathers They were brown with white bases; head lavender gray; lores and area around the bill black. had the bill bright red. The legs They were reddish brown and eyes red.


A genetic study of 2011 He placed the Mascarene Parrot of Meeting between subspecies of Black Parrot (Coracopsis nigra) of Madagascar and nearby islands, and therefore would not be related to the parrots of Psittacula as believed. It was found that the lineage of Mascarene Parrot It separated made between 4,6 and 9 millions of years, before the formation of the isla Meeting, indicating that it must have happened somewhere else


Nothing is known, although it is likely to be distributed in uninhabited forests where feed on fruits and nuts.


No data.


Probably fruits and nuts.


The Mascarene Parrot It was described by many early travelers to Reunion Island (in France), with several captive birds sent to France at the end of the 18th century.

The last accounts of wild birds were from the 1980s. 1770, and the birds were not mentioned by Bory a 1804, so the species may well have been extinct in the wild by then. captive birds in Paris they would also have died at that time, but one bird survived in the collection of birds king Bavaria at least 1834 (checks 1987). Two specimens survive today (Forshaw and Cooper 1989)


• Current category of the Red List of the UICN: Extinct.

• Population size : There are none.

Rationale for the Red List category

This species was known from the Réunion, but it has been extinguished by the hunting pressure. The last record of wild birds dates from 1775, and none was observed on a visit in 1804.

Justification of the population

There are none.


It is likely to have been hunted to extinction.

"Mascarene parrot †" in captivity:

Several captive birds sent to France at the end of the 18th century.

Alternative names:

Mascarene Parrot, Mascarine Parrot (English).
Mascarin de la Réunion, Mascarin malgache (French).
Maskarenenpapagei, Maskarenen-Papagei (German).
Papagaio-das-mascarenas (Portuguese).
Loro de las Mascareñas, Loro Mascarín (español).

scientific classification:

Carl Linnaeus

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Mascarinus
Scientific name: Mascarinus mascarin
Citation: (Linnaeus, 1771)
Protonimo: Psittacus mascarin.

“Mascarene Parrot” † (Mascarinus mascarin)


Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr


(1) – The Mascarene Parrot (Mascarinus mascarinus) by John Gerrard Keulemans [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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