CarolinaParakeetRexBrasher

Rex Brasher's Birds & Trees of North America c.1930

Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis carolinensis)

"In 1896 I saw five flying over the Everglades near the headwaters of the Miami River. Those who have seen living birds say that they have a rolling call, that curiosity usually conquers timidity, and that fruit, tree buds and seeds (especially thistle) are their principle food."

The brilliant plumage of the Carolina Parakeet, much sought after by milliners, and the natural curiosity of the bird, made it a desirable and an easy shot for the hunter. Also, its destructiveness to certain fruit and grain crops, on which it fed extensively, gave it no popularity among farmers. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the Carolina Parakeet had become rare. It was last reported from Florida in February, 1920. Shown in a Geiger Tree (Cordia sebestena), which lives in the Everglade Keys, Florida Keys, and West Indies

Breeding 
Nest: in the hollow of a tree. Eggs: 2-3; white

Range
Extinct. Non-migratory. Ranged from Virginia south to Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Wandered north to New 
York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, District of Columbia, and Maryland.

 

 


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