Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis)
A globally extinct species on Earth (in 1914). Around 720 mounted skins and 16 skeletons — that's all that's left of this species today. A magnificent mounted skin of an adult male specimen survived in the NMNHS too. Carolina parakeet fed on seeds and fruits, living in noisy flocks of many thousands, but even in the 1820's in North America it began to thin out from West to East. Causing damages to crops, it was considered a harmful bird by farmers. It also was trapped as a game for its meat, because of its beautiful feathers, but also as a decorative cage bird. The last Carolina parakeet in the World died on 21 February 1918 at the Zoo of Cincinnati (Ohio, USA).