Carolina Parakeet at Risk

Carolina Parakeet at Risk

Mary Howitt, Country Sketches. New York: Lewis Colby & Co., 1853. 

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This collection of stories and poems about various animals includes this hand-colored wood engraving of the Carolina Parrot.  Carolina Parakeets were the one species of parakeet native to North America.  Prized for their feathers, their ranks were depleted by over hunting, and they were declared extinct in 1939.  Tellingly, this image illustrates the story of ornithologist Alexander Wilson (1766-1813), who takes in a wounded Carolina Parakeet only to lose it at sea.     

Adopted by Hal Espo & Ree DeDonato

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