Justification of Red List Category
This species was found in the Seychelles, but it is now Extinct as a result of hunting pressure. The last known individuals were shot in 1893, and none were found on a survey in 1906.
Psittacula wardi was endemic to Mahé and Silhouette, Seychelles, with a sight record from Praslin. A 'considerable number' were found in 1811, but it was rare by 1867 and the last specimen was shot on Mahé by Abbott in 1893. It may have survived into the 20th century (Skerrett and Disley 2011) although was apparently extinct by the time Nicoll visited the island in 1906 (Lionnet 1984). At least ten specimens exist (Forshaw and Cooper 1989).
It was a forest species, probably feeding on fruit and seeds.
Clearance of forest for coconut plantations and shooting and trapping (in particular, to protect maize crops) were the main causes of the species's demise (Forshaw and Cooper 1989).
Text account compilers
Brooks, T., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S., Martin, R
BirdLife International (2019) Species factsheet: Psittacula wardi. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/10/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/10/2019.