Parrots and Parrot-like Birds in Aviculture - 1929

by The Marquess of Tavistock (Hastings William Sackville Russell Bedford, Duke of Bedford)

Carolina Conure

(Conuropsis carolinensis)

Distribution: Florida, if not extinct.

Adult: Green, paler on breast. Forehead and feathers round the eyes, orange. Head and neck yellow. Bend of wing orange-yellow and a touch of the same colour on the thighs. Outer edge of flights yellowish. Nostrils feathered. Bill horn-whitish. Length 12.5 inches.

Immature: Much less yellow on wing and thigh and only orange on forehead. Remainder of head, green.

Formerly very abundant from Florida to New York, this Conure is believed to be extinct, though persistent and apparently well-founded rumours of its survival in the Everglades of Florida give rise to faint hopes that it may not have wholly vanished.

It did well in captivity, was indifferent to cold, and not infrequently bred and could easily have been saved in captivity if aviculturists had not been too lazy and unenterprising to make the attempt.

Like other Conures, it was noisy and destructive, but when taken young, a playful and intelligent pet.

It was one of the few Parrots sometimes to be seen in a wild state amid snow.




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