Raiatea Parakeet Cyanoramphus ulietanus


Justification of Red List category
This species was known from the island of Raiatea, French Polynesia, but it is now Extinct, probably as a result of habitat clearance or the action of invasive species. Two specimens were collected in 1773 and its extinction likely followed.

Population justification
No extant population remains.

Distribution and population

Cyanoramphus ulietanus is only known from two specimens from Raiatea, French Polynesia (Forshaw and Cooper 1989), collected on Cook's voyage in 1773, and now in Vienna and Tring (Knox and Walters 1994).


It was presumably a forest species, as this was the native vegetation of all of the Society Islands (Forshaw and Cooper 1989).


Its extinction was probably the result of the clearance of the islands' forests, hunting, or predation by introduced species (Forshaw and Cooper 1989).


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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Cyanoramphus ulietanus. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/raiatea-parakeet-cyanoramphus-ulietanus 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.