Carolina Parakeet

About the Carolina Parakeet

The Carolina Parakeet is an extinct species of parrot that once lived across parts of the southeastern United States. These colorful birds were the only native parrot ever found in this part of the world.

Carolina Parakeets had a very colorful plumage, with a predominantly green body highlighted by red, yellow and orange around the face. They were seed-eaters, using their powerful beaks to break into hard seeds or pits.

We lost the Carolina Parakeet due to a number of factors. These include devastating loss of forest habitat in the eastern United States and demand for the birds' colorful feathers in millinery. They were also hunted and killed as agricultural pests. The last Carolina Parakeet, a bird kept at the Cincinnati Zoo, died in 1918.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 06 December 2011
Scientific Name
Conuropsis carolinensis
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittacidae
  • Conuropsis
  • C. carolinensis
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Conservation Status
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
12 inches
10 ounces


From IUCN Red List:
The Carolina Parakeet is listed as Extinct on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species formerly occurred in southeastern USA, but it is now Extinct, primarily as a result of persecution. The last wild records are of the subspecies ludoviciana in 1910.

International Names

Czech (Cesky) papoušek karolinský
Danish (Dansk) Carolinaparakit
Dutch (Nederlands) Carolinaparkiet
Finnish (Suomi) carolinanaratti
French (Français) Conure de Caroline
German (Deutsch) Karolinasittich
Italian (Italiano) Parrocchetto della Carolina
Japanese (日本語) カロライナインコ (karorainainko)
Norwegian (Norsk) Karolinaparakitt
Polish (Polski) papuga karolinska
Russian (русский язык) Каролинский попугай
Swedish (Svenska) Karolinaparakit
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