Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Mascarene Parrot (Mascarinus mascarin)


French: Mascarin de la Réunion German: Maskarenenpapagei Spanish: Loro de las Mascareñas

Psittacus mascarin


, 1771,

“Mascarina” = Reunion


Monotypic genus possibly better merged with Coracopsis#R; further study required#R. Monotypic.


Reunion. Two specimens remain in existence#R.

Last accounts of wild individuals relate to 1775, and not mentioned by J. B. Bory writing in 1804, so the species may well have been extinct in the wild by then; estimated date of extinction taken as the mid-point, c. 1790. Captive individuals in Europe had also died by this time; a single bird was said to have survived in the King of Bavaria’s menagerie until at least 1834#R, but there is no reliable evidence for this as the specimen was not preserved#R. Extinction was caused by excessive hunting pressure and deforestation by settlers.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

(2018). Mascarene Parrot (Mascarinus mascarin). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 16 December 2018).