Carolina parakeet


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Carolina parakeet,

small, long-tailed bird, Canuropsis carolinensis, now believed extinct. The Carolina parakeet was the northernmost representative of the parrot family. It had green plumage with a yellow head and orange cheek patches and forehead. The largest specimens were 13 in. (33 cm) in length, including the tail feathers. It was formerly distributed throughout the SE United States, as far north as Virginia and as far west as Texas; the last specimens were seen in S Florida early in the 20th cent. A fruit eater, the Carolina parakeet was an agricultural pest and was therefore exterminated by farmers. It is classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Psittaciformes, family Psittacidae. See parakeetparakeet
or parrakeet,
common name for a widespread group of small parrots, native to the Indo-Malayan region and popular as cage birds. Parakeets have long, pointed tails, unlike the chunky lovebirds with which they are sometimes confused.
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Images of the stunning artwork featuring Carolina Parakeets and the Great Blue Heron have been produced on hand finished silk scarves sold in the Library of Birmingham shop for PS50.
These trees had long been rooted in the swamp when ivory-billed woodpeckers and Carolina parakeets (now extinct) flourished in the tree canopy, and panthers and wolves lurked in the shadows.
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Today, it aches the heart to look at Audubon's picture of the Carolina Parakeets, painted in Louisiana in 1825.
Over the generations, they must have suffered from a bad case of wildlife overload: 3 to 5 billion passenger pigeons, 40 to 50 million buffalo, 10 million elk, a few million Carolina parakeets.

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