Bavaripsitta ballmanni is a prehistoric parrot described from a fossil tarsometatarsus found in middle Miocene freshwater deposits in the Nördlinger Ries of western Bavaria in Southern Germany. It is the only species in the genus Bavaripsitta. The generic name derives from "Bavaria", and a diminutive form of the Latin for "parrot". The specific epithet honours Peter Ballmann, who first recognised the described material as coming from a parrot, for his work on the fossil birds of Nördlinger Ries.[1]

Bavaripsitta ballmanni
Temporal range: Early Miocene
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Tribe: Psittacini
Genus: Bavaripsitta
Mayr & Göhlich, 2004
B. ballmanni
Binomial name
Bavaripsitta ballmanni
Mayr & Göhlich, 2004


  1. ^ Mayr, Gerald & Göhlich, Ursula B. (2004). "A new parrot from the Miocene of Germany, with comments on the variation of hypotarsus morphology in some Psittaciformes" (PDF). Belgian Journal of Zoology. 134 (1): 47–54.