To make space for more farms, large areas of forest were cut down, taking away its living space. It mostly ate the seeds of forest shrubs and other plants (such as thistles) and also ate fruits (often from orchards by the time of its decline). Historic sightings of the Carolina parakeet (1564-1944). According to, “The Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) was the only parrot species native to the eastern United States.It was found from southern New York and Wisconsin to the Gulf of Mexico, and lived in old forests along rivers. What if extinction is not forever? The Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) or Carolina conure is an extinct species of small green neotropical parrot with a bright yellow head, reddish orange face and pale beak native to the eastern, midwest and plains states of the United States. Rather than using coordinates already associated with museum specimens, we chose to re‐estimate all geographical coordinates based on collection locality names to ensure consistency throughout the dataset. This finding is parsimonious with psittacine ecology, as the previous estimate of their range size was more than 10 times larger than the average range size of all other recently extinct parrot species (Olah et al., 2016). The Carolina Parakeet inhabited deciduous forests and forest edges in the eastern United States as far north as the Great Lakes region, as well as wooded river bottoms of the Great Plains as far west as Nebraska. After georeferencing, we split the dataset by subspecies. This Carolina parakeet was collected sometime in the late 1800s. The Carolina parakeet was brightly colored bird, with a lime-green body, a yellow head, and peach-colored feathers about the face. and you may need to create a new Wiley Online Library account. 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But the Carolina parakeet genome had none of those warning signs – so its sudden extinction wasn’t the end of a much longer decline. The Carolina parakeet was the only indigenous parrot in North America. Farmers had stopped hunting them, because they turned out to be useful for keeping cockleburs in check (the Carolina parakeet was one of the only animals who could survive eating the poisonous plant, although the toxic glucoside accumulated in the birds’ flesh and made them deadly prey. To avoid overfitting models due to spatial autocorrelation, we further thinned each subspecies’ dataset using the “spThin” R package (Aiello‐Lammens, Boria, Radosavljevic, Vilela, & Anderson, 2015). In 1937, a few parakeets resembling C. c. carolinensis was filmed near Okefenokee Swamp of Georgia.