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  Order Psittaciformes - Parrots
   Family Psittacidae - Parrots

      Subfamily Arinae
  Parrots are characterized by their stout, hooked, and kinetic bill with a prominent cere. Their feet are zygocactyl (two toes forward, two backward). They are primarily arboreal. Parrots are mainly tropical and are found on all continents and many islands.
 
Other Parrots
 
     
  Carolina Parakeet, Conuropsis carolinensis
 
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        EXTINCT
            RIVERINE FORESTS
 
  The Carolina Parakeet was a long-tailed, green parrot with an orange head, formerly ranging north to New York and Wisconsin. Once widespread in the river basins of the Midwest and Deep South, they inhabited riverine forest, deciduous forest edges, and cypress swamps. They gathered in large flocks that seriously depleted agricultural products (apple, peach, mulberry, pecan, grape, and grains). They were hunted for their plumes and destroyed as pests. They roosted communally in hollow trees. The last captive died in 1918 but there were possible sightings into the late 1920s.
 
     
  NOTES:
   P&G: Last sighting 1864 near Yemassee. Formerly considered an abundant permanent resident.
  ●   Extinct
 
 
Other Parrots

   Several species of parrots have been released and some have established feral populations, especially in southern cities of the US. See Sibley for a list and pictures of these parrots.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 


       
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