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The Extinct Carolina Parakeet

 
Carolina Parakeet

 Edmund J. Sawyer

Once abundant the beautifully colored Carolina Parakeets nested in tree hollows in large colonies in the cypress swamps in the South Atlantic and Gulf States.

 

 

 

Gustav Mutzel

They migrated North through the Eastern States as far as Pennsylvania and up the Mississippi, and Missouri Rivers to the Platte and regularly to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska.

 

 

Charles R. Knight

They were kept as pets.

 

 

 

Chester A. Reed

They were hunted for their feathers.

 

 

 

Carolina Parakeet Conurus carolincusis

Large noisy flocks invaded orchards destroying fruit for its seed and so they were slaughtered as agricultural pests.

 

 

 

John James Audubon

The Parakeets became rare by the 1880s.  Incas, a Carolina Parakeet in the Cincinnati Zoo died in 1918.  The last reported sighting in the wild was a small flock Florida in 1920.  It was declared extinct by the American Ornithologists Union in 1939. 
 

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