By Thagard Colvin, Wildlife Biologist
The Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinesis), possibly the most colorful bird in North America, used to be a permanent resident of the coastal plains of Alabama and probably was common to abundant. Ornithologist Thomas Imhof wrote that the Carolina parakeet bred and nested in Alabama.
So why did the Carolina parakeet become extinct? Just as with the passenger pigeon, we will never know all of the precise contributing factors.