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Carolina Parakeet  

 
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Carolina Parakeet - museum specimen

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Snyder (2004) argues that the Carolina Parakeet may have lasted longer into the twentieth century than previously thought, and that this bird may have been distasteful to predators due to its frequent utilization of the cocklebur - a plant highly poisonous to many other animals.

Species Profile
Genus:
Conuropsis

Species:
carolinensis

Size: Adult Weight:
31-33cm (12-13 in) Females approximately 100g (3.5 oz); male were larger.

Races including nominate:
two: C. c. carolinensis, C.c. ludovicianus

Colourization Adult: Both adults mainly green/yellow in colour; yellow head; red/orange on lores, forehead and cheeks; yellow/orange carpal edges and thighs. Eye ring bare and white. Eye dark brown. Carolinensis smaller; ludovicianus paler in general.

Colourization Juvenile: As in adults but with mainly green head, with less extensive orange/red on forehead and cheeks; carpal edges and thighs green.

Call: Calls were described as being loud and raucous while birds in flight; low continuous chatter while a group was feeding.

Recent Academic Research: Google Scholar - search results

 

Content Sources:

BirdLife International http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=1586&m=0

The Carolina Parakeet: Glimpses of a Vanished Bird, Snyder, 2004.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.