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,
Aviculture: No information known of keeping or breeding
The collections of the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge,
UK hold the only two known skins of the extinct Newton’s
Parakeet Psittacula exsul.