Black-fronted Parakeet Cyanoramphus zealandicus


Justification of Red List category
This species was known from Tahiti, French Polynesia, but it has not been recorded since 1844 and is now Extinct. Possible causes include deforestation, hunting and predation by introduced species.

Population justification
None remain.

Distribution and population

Cyanoramphus zealandicus is known from Tahiti, French Polynesia, from three specimens (two of which are now in Liverpool and one in Tring) collected on Cook's voyage in 1773, a fourth collected by Amadis in 1842, now in Perpignan and a fifth collected by de Marolles in 1844, now in Paris (Voisin et al. 1995).


Like Raiatea Parakeet C. uleitanus, the species was presumably a forest bird (Forshaw and Cooper 1989).


Its demise could have resulted from habitat loss, hunting or predation by introduced species (Forshaw and Cooper 1989).


Text account compilers
Brooks, T., Butchart, S., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S., Martin, R

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Cyanoramphus zealandicus. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/black-fronted-parakeet-cyanoramphus-zealandicus on 11/12/2023.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org on 11/12/2023.