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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Platycercus erythrotis, Wagler

Platycercus erythrotis, Wagler.

From a specimen received by the "Hinemoa," on her recent visit to Antipodes Island, I am able to give the measurements of this species: Length, 17in.; extent of wings, 12in.; wing from flexure, 5.75in.; tail, 6in.; bill, along the ridge 0.9in., along the edge of lower mandible 0.5in.; tarsus, 0.9in.; longer foretoe and claw, l.25in. It proved, on dissection, to be a male.

Count Salvadori is of opinion that this species should be regarded as Platycercus hochstetteri (cf. Salvad., Cat. B. B.M., xx., p. 577), Platycercus erythrotis being the representative form on Macquarie Island. I have never seen the British Museum example mentioned by Dr. Finsch in his "Die Papageien," vol. ii., p. 275; but he treats it as a mere synonym of Platycercus novæ-zealandiæ. In any case there seems to be much uncertainty about the origin of this specimen; and Captain Fairchild informs me that he has been unable to get any evidence as to the existence of a Parrakeet on Macquarie Island.