Temporal range: Late Oligocene/Early Miocene
Parrot of the past by rsnature
An artist's illustration of Archaeopsittacus verreauxi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Archaeopsittacus
Lambrecht, 1933
Species: A. verreauxi
Binomial name
Archaeopsittacus verreauxi
(A. Milne-Edwards, 1870)
  • Psittacus verreauxii (A. Milne-Edwards, 1870) (lapsus)

Archaeopsittacus is a genus of prehistoric parrot that was known from deposits of either Late Oligocene or Early Miocene age (c. 23 mya) at Verreaux near Saint-Gérand-le-Puy, France.

The genus was apparently close to the Old World lineages of parrots and might conceivably be assigned to the modern subfamily Psittacinae - either in the strict sense (i.e. including the African parrots and possibly the Asian parrots and parakeets) or in the loose sense (including all psittaciforms except some or all of lories and lorikeets, cockatoos, Nestorinae, kakapo and Arini), despite its early age. Its lack of apomorphies prevents any better placement until more material is found.