Extinction of Carolina Parakeet || Facts & Photos you want to see and know

The Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) or Carolina conure was a small green neotropical parrot with a bright yellow head, reddish orange face and pale beak native to the eastern, Midwest and plains states of the United States and was the only indigenous parrot within its range. It was called puzzi la née (“head of yellow”) by the Seminole and kelinky in Chickasaw.
It was found from southern New York and Wisconsin to Kentucky, Tennessee and the Gulf of Mexico, from the Atlantic seaboard to as far west as eastern Colorado. It lived in old-growth forests along rivers and in swamps.
There are two recognized subspecies. The Louisiana subspecies became extinct in much the same way, but at a somewhat earlier date (early 1910s). The Appalachian Mountains separated these birds from the eastern C. c. carolinensis.
Though formerly prevalent within its range, the bird had become rare by the middle of the 19th century. The last confirmed sighting in the wild was of the ludovicianus subspecies in 1910. The last known specimen perished in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1918 and the species was declared extinct in 1939.

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  1. They may have needed a critical population mass/number to breed. Ive heard that flamingoes wont breed in a flock of less than 2,000 birds. I think they can be fooled with fake birds and mirrors somewhat, and maybe by playing recordings of their calls, which helps to keep them happier by making them think their numbers are greater. What was their number when they last bred successfully. Maybe that was their critical number. They may have been tied ecologically to a critical mass number by not feeling safe enough to risk breeding if their numbers didnt make it likely their offspring would survive. Eg if they were a prey species.

  2. I always wished we had wild parrots in North America. Yes, I know some areas have small local flocks created from pets, like San Fransisco's cherry headed conures. But, what's weird about the Carolina parrot is that it looks just like my pineapple conure. It's just a different color pattern. So, it more like just getting that color mutation from that species of parrot.

  3. At least scientists are collecting DNA from the Carolina parakeet to make a clone to bring them out of extinction

  4. fragmented dna shoulda be puzzled together and…………….

  5. I appreciated these films you make.We need to see what we have done. Maybe someday we can turn around and change our self worshipping ways.