Guadeloupe parakeet

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Guadeloupe parakeet
Guadeloupe Psittaciformes.Labat.jpg
1722 illustration by Labat of a Guadeloupe parakeet at the top right, with a Guadeloupe amazon and a Lesser Antillean macaw
Scientific classification (disputed)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Superfamily: Psittacoidea
Family: Psittacidae
Subfamily: Arinae
Tribe: Arini
Genus: Psittacara
Species: P. labati
Binomial name
Psittacara labati
(Rothschild, 1905)
Guadeloupe in its region.svg
Location of Guadeloupe

The Guadeloupe parakeet (Psittacara labati) might have been a species of parrot that was endemic to Guadeloupe.

Hypothetical restoration by John Gerrard Keulemans

Jean-Baptiste Labat described a population of small parrots living on Guadeloupe:

Those of Guadaloupe are about the size of a blackbird, entirely green, except a few small red feathers, which they have on their head. Their bill is white. They are very gentle, loving, and learn to speak easily.[2]

They were later named Conurus labati, and are now called the Guadeloupe parakeet (Psittacara labati). It has been postulated to be a separate species based on little evidence. There are no specimens or remains of the extinct parrots. Their taxonomy may never be fully elucidated, and so their postulated status as a separate species is hypothetical.[3]

References

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Aratinga labati". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Rothschild, Lionel Walter (1907). Extinct Birds: An Attempt to Unite in One Volume a Short Account of Those Birds which Have Become Extinct in Historical Times. 
  3. ^ Fuller, Errol (1987). Extinct Birds. Penguin Books (England). p. 131. ISBN 0-670-81787-2. 


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