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Fregilupus varius - Huppe de la Réunion
Bourbon Crested Starling (Reunion Starling)
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Description

Scientific Name

Fregilupus varius

English Name

Reunion Starling

Local English Name

Bourbon Crested Starling

French Name

Huppe de la Réunion

Local French Name

 

Creole Name

 

Habitat

Terrestrial

Geographic Range

Reunion, Mauritius

Status

Extinct between 1850 and 1860

First Description

Boddaert, 1783

 
Classification

Kingdom
Phylum
Sub phylum
Class
Sub class
Super order
Order
Family
Sub-Family
Genus
Species

Animalia
Chordata
Vertebrata
Aves


Passeriformes
Sturnidae


Fregilupus varius

 

Réunion Starling Fregilupus varius was endemic to Réunion (to France). It was described by most visitors to the island from 1669 onwards, and was apparently common as late as the 1830s. However, the last specimen was shot in 1837, and the species became extinct between 1850 and 1860, possibly due to an introduced disease, combined with changing population pressure due to the emancipation of slaves in 1848, forest fires, drought and deforestation. Nineteen stuffed specimens exist in the world.

Taxonomy Although normally considered a starling, Berger suggests that the species belonged with the Prionopidae.

Accidentally released in Mauritius in 1835, but did not survive long.

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. Extinct Birds

Index
Dodo
Blue Pigeon
Broad-billed Parrot
Grey Parrot
Mascarene Coot
Mauritian Duck
Mauritius Owl
Mascarene Swan
Mauritius Night Heron
Red Rail
Bourbon Crested Starling

Rodrigues Solitaire
Rodrigues Night Heron
Rodrigues Little Owl
Rodrigues Owl
Newton's Parakeet
Rodrigues Parrot
Rodrigues Pigeon
Rodrigues Rail
Rodrigues Starling

 

. . .
. References

1. Berger (1957).
2. Cheke (1987).

BirdLife International 2003 BirdLife's online World Bird Database: the site for bird conservation. Version 2.0. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International. Available: http://www.birdlife.org (accessed 1/9/2003)

 

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. Links

IUCN Red List
Birdlife International
The Mauritius Institute

 

 

 

 

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