Necropsittacus rodricanus Milne-Edwards, 1867:151

Rodrigues parrot



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Necropsittacus rodericanus Milne-Edwards, 1867:151; Necropsittacus francicus Rothschild, 1907b:197


Conservation Status


Last record: subfossil remains (1761?)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Rodrigues, Mascarene Islands


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Milne-Edwards, Alphonse. (1867). Mémoire sur un Psittacien fossile de l'Île Rodrigue. Ann. Sci. Nat. Zool. (Paris) 5(8): 145-156.


Other references:

Alby, J., & Serviable, M (eds.) (1993) Abbé Alexandre-Gui Pingré: Courser Venus, voyage scientifique à Rodrigue en 1761. Ste.Clothilde, Réunion: Ars Terres Créoles & Rose-Hill, Mauritius: Editions Ocean Indien. 123pp.

Barré, N., Barau, A, & Jouanin, C. (1996). Oiseaux de la Réunion. Paris : Les Éditions de Pacifique. 208 pp.

BirdLife International. (2008). Necropsittacus rodericanus. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. ( Downloaded on 16 July 2011.

BirdLife International. 2016. Necropsittacus rodricanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22728851A94998888. Accessed on 30 June 2022.

Brooks, T. 2000. Extinct species. In: BirdLife International (ed.), Threatened Birds of the World, pp. 701-708. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona and Cambridge, U.K.

Cheke, A. S. (1987). An ecological history of the Mascarene Islands, with particular reference to extinctions and introductions of land vertebrates, pp. 5-89. In: Diamond, A. W. (ed.). Studies of Mascarene Island Birds. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.

Cheke, Anthony S. (2013). Extinct birds of the Mascarenes and Seychelles - a review of the causes of extinction in the light of an important new publication on extinct birds. Phelsuma 21: 4-19.

Cheke, Anthony S. and Hume, Julian Pender. (2008). Lost Land of the Dodo: An Ecological History of Mauritius, Réunion & Rodrigues. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. 464 pp.

Cowles, Graham S. (1987). The fossil record, pp. 90-100. In: Diamond, A. W. (ed.). Studies of Mascarene Island Birds. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.

Day, David. (1981). The Doomsday Book of Animals: A Natural History of Vanished Species. New York, N.Y.: The Viking Press.

Dubois, (Sieur). (1674). Les voyages faits par le sieur D.B. aux isles Dauphine ou Madagascar et Bourbon ou Mascarenne es annees 1669, 70, 71, et 72. 234 pp. Paris (Claude Barbin).

Dupon, J.F. (1973) Relation de l'isle Rodrigue. Texte attribué à Tafforet, circa 1726. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Arts & Science Mauritius, 4, 1–16.

Forshaw, Joseph M. and Cooper, William T. (1989). Parrots of the world. London: Blandford Press.

Fuller, Errol. (1988). Extinct Birds. New York: Facts on File Publications. 256 pp.

Günther, A. and Newton, Edward. (1879). The Extinct Birds of Rodriguez. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 168: 423-437, plates 41-43.

Hachisuka, M. (1953) The dodo and kindred birds, or the extinct birds of the Mascarene Islands. London H. F. & G. Witherby, 250 pp.

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 1: Non-passerines. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.

Hume, Julian Pender. (2007). Reappraisal of the parrots (Aves: Psittacidae) from the Mascarene Islands, with comments on their ecology, morphology, and affinities. Zootaxa 1513: 1-76.

Hume, Julian Pender. (2013). A synopsis of the pre-human avifauna of the Mascarene Islands, pp. 195-237. In: Göhlich, U.B. & Kroh, A. (eds.). Proceedings of the 8th International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution. Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien.

Hume, Julian Pender and Walters, Michael. (2012). Extinct Birds. London: T & AD Poyser.

Milne-Edwards, A. (1874 [1873]). Recherches sur la faune ancienne des Iles Mascareignes. Annales des Sciences Naturelles (Zoologie), (5) 19, Art. 3.

Newton, E. and Gadow, H. (1893). On additional Bones of the Dodo and other Extinct Birds of Mauritius obtained by Mr. Théodore Sauzier. Transactions of the Zoological Society London, XIII, 281–302.

Pingré, Abbé. (1761 [Anonymous 1993]) Courser Venus Voyage Scientifique á I’lle Rodrigue 1761. Collection Mascarin,

Editions de l'Océan Indien, 123 pp.

Rothschild, Lionel Walter Rothschild. (1907a). Extinct birds: an attempt to write in one volume a short account of those birds which have become extinct in historical times, that is within the last six or seven hundred years: to which are added a few which still exist, but are on the verge of extinction. London: Hutchinson & Co. XXIX + 243 pp. [p. 61]

Rothschild, W. (1907b). On extinct and vanishing birds. Ornis 14 (Proceedings of the 4th International Ornithological Congress, London): 191-217.

Sayol, Ferran, Steinbauer, Manuel J., Blackburn, Tim M., Antonelli, Alexandre and Faurby, Søren. (2020). Anthropogenic extinctions conceal widespread evolution of flightlessness in birds. Science Advances 6(49): eabb6095. [Supplementary Material (Data File S1)]

Tafforet, J. (c.1726). Relation de l'Isle Rodrigue. Anonymous MS in the Archives Nationales, Paris.

Tyrberg, Tommy. (2009). Holocene avian extinctions, pp. 63-106. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.


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