Guadeloupe Parakeet Psittacara labati


Justification of Red List Category
This species formerly occurred on Guadeloupe. It is thought to have been driven Extinct by hunting during the second half of the 18th century.

Population justification
Assumed to have been lost to the world sometime in the late 1700s, prior to any collecting taking place on Guadeloupe.

Distribution and population

Psittacara labati is not known from any specimens, but was well described by Labat in 1724 from Guadeloupe (to France) (Clark 1905b). Little is known of the species (Marien and Koopman 1955), but it must have declined to extinction in the second half of the 18th century. A suggestion that parakeets on Guadeloupe may have been escaped Cuban Parakeet Aratinga euops (Forshaw and Cooper 1989) is unlikely because the birds were not noted to have any red in the wing (Marien and Koopman 1955), unlike A. euops (Forshaw and Cooper 1989).


Nothing is known, although it is likely to have nested in tree holes in forest and foraged over a wide area for fruit and seeds.


Hunting is likely to have led to its extinction.


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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Species factsheet: Psittacara labati. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/05/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/05/2019.