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Lophopsittacus bensoni - Mauritius Grey Parrot
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Description

Scientific Name

Lophopsittacus bensoni

English Name

Mauritius Grey Parrot

Local English Name

 

French Name

 

Local French Name

 

Creole Name

 

Habitat

Terrestrial

Geographic Range

Mauritius, Mascarene Islands

Status

Extinct, last mention 1764

First Description

Holyoak, 1973

 
Classification

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Sub class
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Animalia
Chordata
Vertebrata
Aves
Neornithes
Neognathae
Psittaciformes
Psittacidae


Lophopsittacus bensoni

 

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.

. . .
. 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

 

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Birdlife International

 

 

 

 

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