CharleyHarperCarolinaParakeet

CAROLINA PAROQUET

by Charles Harper 1974

From Charles Harper's Birds and Words 1974

Once abundant in the southeastern coastal states, the Carolina Paroquet occasionally flashed his tropical colors in the winter-worn North. He was fond of fruits and seeds, a safe diet until the white man planted orchards and grainfields. After that the Paroquet spent his days, which ended in 1904, as a highly visible target. Even when he escaped the farmer's bullets, he fell prey to the cage-bird dealer of the milliner, who catered to the Victorian passion for personal adornment.


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