Carolina Parakeet

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Common Name: Carolina Parakeet

Scientific Name: Conuropsis Carolinensis

Size: 12 inches (30cm)

Habitat: North America; United States from Eastern Nebraska and Southeastern Wisconsin and all the way to the East Coast, from New York to Florida. Found in riparian and deciduous forests and cypress swamps.

Status: Extinct. Global Population: 0. Extinction due to habitat loss and being considered an agricultural pest.

Diet: Fruit, nuts and grain

Breeding: Very little is known about breeding. There are accounts from 2-7 eggs be laid. It is believed, they nested in tree cavities made by woodpeckers and up to 50 nests could be in a single tree.

Cool Facts: They nested in riparian and deciduous forests and cypress swamps. Before widespread agriculture took hold in the area, it lived on seeds from grasses and trees. As the areas became developed the parakeet developed tastes for apples, oranges, grapes, dogwood flowers and mulberries. Unfortunately for the bird, most of these tasty treats were found in farms and gardens. Being a member of the parrot family, this parakeet was highly gregarious and traveled commonly in flocks of 30 individuals. Farmers and gardeners began to shoot the parakeets as crops pests. Hunters began to shoot them for “sport” and their feathers. Parakeets being very social birds, would flock around shot and injured members to help them, making them easy targets and adding to the carnage.

By 1900, the Carolina Parakeet was extinct in the wild. A breeding program at the Cincinnati Zoo, kept the parakeet from complete extinction until 1914 when the last individual died.

Found in Songbird ReMix Threatened Endangered Extinct 1

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