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The Song of the Carolina Parakeet

If you are wondering what a Carolina parakeet is and if you have ever heard its song then wonder no more. The poor bird has long been extinct. At one time it was the only species of parrot that was native to the U.S.

The Carolina parakeet could be found all across the states. Unfortunately, these birds were excessively hunted and trapped. They had already started becoming rare by the 19th century.

There were still recording of large, isolated flocks in the early 1900s. The Carolina parakeet had one habit that made them vulnerable to danger. When members of the same flock died or were dying they would all flock together and stay nearby. This meant that hunters had them as easy targets. The last known Carolina parakeet died in a Cincinnati Zoo in 1918 and finally, they were declared extinct in 1939.

Now if you do spot one suddenly or know of one in existence do give a shout.

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