Echo Parakeet or Mauritius Parakeet (Psittacula eques)
The Mauritius Parakeet is the only endemic species of parrot left in the Mascarenes. In 1987, less than 10 individuals were known in the wild. An intensive project by the National Parks & Conservation Service and the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation has helped to increase the number of individuals of this beautiful parakeet. The breeding period for this bird specie is from August to September. The male echo parakeet has a bright red beak, whereas the female’s beak is black. The wild population in 2005 was around 300 birds.