Carolina parakeet

The Carolina parakeet was once found in much of the southeastern USA and had the most northerly range of all the species of parrot. It often lived in large groups in cypress and sycamore trees along rivers and swamps. In the early 1800s it was still a common bird but in 1832 John James Audubon – an accomplished naturalist and author famous for his book ‘The Birds of America’ – noted that its numbers were starting to fall. The Carolina parakeet is now extinct and humans are largely to blame. Increased settlement, agriculture and deforestation reduced their habitat and they were actively killed to protect crops. Its green, yellow and orange feathers made it an attractive bird and they were taken from the wild for the pet trade and killed in large numbers so that their feathers could be used in the fashion industry. Another theory for the Carolina parakeet’s demise is that honeybees out competed them for nesting sites. It is also possible that the birds contracted poultry disease which ultimately lead to their extinction. The last specimens were collected near Lake Okeechobee, Florida, in 1904, and the last captive bird died at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1918. Rumours of its survival in the wild continued into the 1930s but were not verified.
Accession Loan No.
Simple Name
bird: mount
Full Name
PSITTACIDAE: Conuropsis carolinensis (Linnaeus): Carolina parakeet
Common Name
Carolina parakeet
Collection Class
Collection Contintent
North America
Collection Area Region
North America
Family Group

Created At
2016-10-13 15:46:46
Updated At
2020-01-28 11:44:00

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