Mauritius Grey Parrot Lophopsittacus bensoni was described
from a lower mandible, palatine and tarsometatarsi found
in caves near Port Louis, Mauritius, and was almost certainly
the small grey parrot described by numerous early writers.
In 1764,Cossigny noted that “the woods are full of parrots,
either completely grey or completely green. One used to
eat them a lot formerly, the grey especially...”, but this
was the last mention of the species, and presumably it declined
rapidly to extinction through overhunting. There are also
a number of reports of small grey parrots from Réunion which
probably refer to this or a closely related species.