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Psittacula exsul - Newton's Parakeet
Rodriguez Ring-necked Parakeet
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  Data Sheet
Psittacula exsul Cock Picture: W. Rothschild
Description

Scientific Name

Psittacula exsul

English Name

Newton's Parakeet,
Rodriguez Ring-necked Parakeet
Turquoise Parakeet.

Local English Name

 

French Name

Perruche de Newton

Local French Name

 

Creole Name

 

Habitat

Forests

Geographic Range

Rodrigues Island

Status

Extinct, last recorded 1875.

First Description

A. Newton 1872

 
Classification

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Phylum
Sub phylum
Class
Sub class
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Order
Family
Sub-Family
Genus
Species

Animalia
Chordata
Vertebrata
Aves


Psittaciformes
Psittacidae
Psittacinae
Psittacula
Psittacula exsul

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Description:

Psittacula exsul was probably green, with red wing-patches in the cock, which also occurred in a bluish variation; only two skins remain of species, both belonging to blue form; general plumage greenish-blue with grey hue; breast, abdomen and under tail-coverts slightly paler; head darker and without grey tinge; fine black line between cere and eye; black stripes to cheek and black narrow band to neck adjoining bluish-green band; primaries greenish-blue; upperside to tail feathers bluish-green, underside grey; upper mandible red, lower mandible black; iris yellow; feet grey.

Hen with narrow black stripe to forehead; black stripes to cheek not extending to side of neck; crown washed with grey; upper mandible black.

Immatures; no information

Length: 40 cm, wing length 192 - 199 mm, tail length 207 - 212 mm.

Distribution: Probably Island of Rodriguez, Indian Ocean.

Psittacula exsul Cock Photo: W. Rothschild Habitat: Forest

Status: Extinct; probably through combination of hunting and habitat destruction; disappeared beginning of 20th century.

Behaviour: Nothing known of habits, natural diet and breeding behaviour; only two skins exist, one shot by a Mr. Vandorous on 14th August, 1875 and sent to a Mr. Caldwell, who sent it on to E.Newton and reported in a publication he had seen more birds, but could not approach them; a Mr. Slater wrote to Professor A. Newton to report he had seen solitary bird in forest of southern end of Rodriquez on 30th September, 1874.

Aviculture: No information known of keeping or breeding in aviculture.

The collections of the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge, UK hold the only two known skins of the extinct Newton’s Parakeet Psittacula exsul.

. . .
. 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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. References

Snyder, N., McGowan, P., Gilardi, J., and Grajal, A. (eds.) (2000)
Parrots. Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan 2000– 2004.
IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. x + 180 pp.

 

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. Links

Psittacula World
Dutch Parrot Refuge
British Ornithologists' Club

 

 

 

 

 

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