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 Ara erythrocephala

This taxon is Not Recognised as a species by BirdLife International.

Taxonomic source(s)
Brooks, T. 2000. Extinct species. In: BirdLife International (ed.), Threatened birds of the world, pp. 701-708. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona and Cambridge, U.K.

Taxonomic note
It is possible that this species was that apparently named as Anadorhynchus (sic.) caerulens by Gmelin (Rothschild 1905), (in which case this name would have priority). The original descriptions require re-evaluation.

Distribution and population
Ara erythrocephala was described by Gosse in 1847 as occurring in the mountains of Trelawny and St Anne's, Jamaica, based on a bird "procured by Mr White, proprietor of the Oxford Estate" (Rothschild 1905). It is thought to have become extinct in the early 19th century.

It was described by Gosse as occurring in the mountains, presumably in forest.

It was presumably hunted to extinction.

Rothschild, W. 1905. Notes on extinct parrots from the West Indies. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 16: 13-15.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2015) Species factsheet: Ara erythrocephala. Downloaded from on 25/05/2015. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2015) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 25/05/2015.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Not Recognised
Family Psittacidae (Parrots)
Species name author Gosse, 1847