Once abundant the beautifully colored Carolina
Parakeets nested in tree hollows in large colonies in the cypress
swamps in the South Atlantic and Gulf States.
They migrated North through the Eastern States as far as Pennsylvania
and up the Mississippi, and Missouri Rivers to the Platte and
regularly to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska.
They were kept as pets.
They were hunted for their feathers.
Parakeet Conurus carolincusis
Large noisy flocks invaded orchards destroying fruit for its seed and
so they were slaughtered as agricultural pests.
The Parakeets became rare by the 1880s. Incas, a Carolina
Parakeet in the Cincinnati Zoo died in 1918. The last reported
sighting in the wild was a small flock Florida in 1920. It was
declared extinct by the American Ornithologists Union in 1939.