Seychelles Parakeets

The Seychelles parakeet (Psittacula wardi) is now extinct, but occurred in the Indian ocean islands of the Seychelles group – specifically the islands of Mahé and Silhouette – and was once sighted on Praslin in the Republic of Seychelles.

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    The last specimen was collected in 1881; the last captive birds were recorded in 1883 and this species was considered extinct by 1906.

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    The species is suspected to have become extinct due to intense persecution by farmers and coconut plantation owners.

    Description:

    The Seychelles Parakeet averaged 16 ins (41 cm) in length. It resembled the Alexandrine parakeet, but was smaller and lacked the pink color in its collar.

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      The general plumage was green; back of head, nape and narrow stripes to cheek washed with blue; broad cheek-stripe and obscure narrow line from cere to eye black; abdomen yellowish-green; purple-red patch on wing coverts; upperside of middle tail-feathers blue with yellow tips, outer feathers green; tail underside yellow; bill red with yellow tip; iris yellowish; feet grey.

      Female without black cheek-stripe. Immatures as female, but with shorter tail-feathers

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        Taxonomy:

        Species: Scientific: Psittacula wardi aka Psittacula eupatria wardi … English: Seychelles Parakeet … Dutch: Seychellen Parkiet … German: Seychellen Edelsittich … French: Perruche des Seychelles | CITES StatusEXTINCT

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