The orange-fronted parakeet ( Cyanoramphus malherbi ) is a distinct species: a review of recent research into its taxonomy and systematic relationship within the genus Cyanoramphus
|Title||The orange-fronted parakeet ( Cyanoramphus malherbi ) is a distinct species: a review of recent research into its taxonomy and systematic relationship within the genus Cyanoramphus|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2003|
|Authors||Kearvell, JC, Grant, AD, Boon, WM|
|Type of Article||paper|
|Keywords||conservation, Cyanoramphus, Cyanoramphus malherbi), Orange-fronted Parakeet, taxonomy|
The taxonomic status of the endangered orange-fronted parakeet (Cyanoramphus malherbi)) has been the subject of much debate since this endemic New Zealand parakeet was first described in 1857. The debate in the late 1800s and again over the past 30 years has been lively but inconclusive. We provide a summary of this debate and the most recent research into the taxonomic status of this parakeet based on mitochondria1 DNA (mtDNA), assortative pairing, bill morphology, vocalisation, and comparative ecology. Based on all available scientific and historical data, we conclude that the orange-fronted parakeet is a distinct species.