Violet macaw

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Violet macaw
Anodorhynchus purpurascens Keulemans.jpg
Restoration by Keulemans
Scientific classification (disputed)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Subfamily: Psittacinae
Tribe: Arini
Genus: Anodorhynchus
Species: A. purpurascens
Binomial name
Anodorhynchus purpurascens
Rothschild, 1907
Département 971 in France (-mini map) (zoom).svg
Location of Guadeloupe

The violet macaw (Anodorhynchus purpurascens) is an hypothetical extinct species of parrot. Its native name was oné couli.[citation needed] It was described by Rothschild and featured in his book, Extinct Birds published in 1907,[1] but there is very little evidence to support it as separate species.[2] Rothschild named the species because uniform bluish coloured macaws were said to have inhabited the island of Guadeloupe;[1] however, they were probably hyacinth macaws imported from the mainland of South America.[2] The sources Rothschild referred to have not been traced, and only the genus Ara is known to have colonised the West Indies.[3]


  1. ^ a b Rothschild, Walter (1907). Extinct Birds. Hutchison, London. 
  2. ^ a b Fuller, Errol (1987). Extinct Birds. Penguin Books (England). pp. 148–149. ISBN 0-670-81787-2. 
  3. ^ Hume, J. P.; Walters, M. (2012). Extinct Birds. A & C Black. ISBN 140815725X.