Lophopsittacus mauritianus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Lophopsittacus mauritianus
Species Authority: (Owen, 1866)
Common Name(s):
English Broad-billed Parrot, Mauritius Parrot

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Symes, A. & Butchart, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Brooks, T., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S.
This species is known from Mauritius, but has been driven Extinct by hunting pressure. The last records date from 1673-1675, and it was absent in 1693.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Lophopsittacus mauritianus is known from numerous bones and travellers' reports and sketches from Mauritius (Cowles 1987). Hoffman, writing in 1680 based on observations in 1673-1675, gave the last definite reports of the species, and it had disappeared by 1693 (Cheke 1987).

Regionally extinct:
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: There is very little known, although it is likely to have been a forest species and its heavy bill indicates it specialised on large nuts.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Birds were large and were poor fliers, but not flightless (Holyoak 1971), and consequently heavily hunted (Cheke 1987) and this is likely to have caused its extinction.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Lophopsittacus mauritianus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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