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Psittrichasiidae is a family of birds belonging to the superfamily of the true parrots (Psittacoidea).[1] It is a very small family, the smallest of the three families of the true parrots. It is divided into two subfamilies: Psittrichasinae and Coracopsinae,[1] that contain a single genus each. The first contains a single species, native to New Guinea, and the second contains two living species distributed throughout Madagascar and other islands of the Indian Ocean.

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Pesquet's parrot (Psittrichas fulgidus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Superfamily: Psittacoidea
Family: Psittrichasiidae
Boetticher, 1959


The family Psittrichasiidae contains two subfamilies:

Subfamily Psittrichasinae:

Subfamily Coracopsinae

Recent studies indicate that the extinct Mascarene parrot (Mascarinus mascarinus) was closely related to the members of Coracopsis.[2]


  1. ^ a b Leo Joseph, Alicia Toon, Erin E. Schirtzinger, Timothy F. Wright, Richard Schodde. 2012. A revised nomenclature and classification for family-group taxa of parrots (Psittaciformes) Zootaxa 3205: 26–40.
  2. ^ Kundu, S.; Jones, C. G.; Prys-Jones, R. P.; Groombridge, J. J. (2011). "The evolution of the Indian Ocean parrots (Psittaciformes): Extinction, adaptive radiation and eustacy". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 62 (1): 296–305. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.09.025. PMID 22019932