The Mascarene grey parakeet (Psittacula bensoni) was a parrot from the
Mascarene islands of Mauritius and Réunion in the western Indian Ocean
that became extinct by the 1760s. It has been classified as a member of
the tribe Psittaculini, along with other parrots from the islands.
Subfossil bones of this parakeet found on Mauritius were very similar to
those of other Mascarene parrots. The subfossils were connected with
17th- and 18th-century descriptions of small grey parrots on Mauritius
and Réunion, together with a single illustration published in a journal
describing a voyage in 1602. The Mascarene grey parakeets had long tails
and were larger than the many green species of the genus Psittacula.
They were hunted for their meat, and were considered to be crop pests.
Captured individuals would call out to summon a whole flock, a behaviour
that may have contributed to their rapid annihilation. Deforestation was
also a factor in their extinction.
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