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The Carolina Parakeet: Glimpses of a Vanished Bird Hardcover – October 17, 2004
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"This is a wonderful compendium, caveated and collated with care. Snyder deserves great credit for a fascinating effort that comes as close as it is possible to get to the resurrection of what must have been a wonderful bird."--Adrian Barnett, California Wild
"Noel Snyder has now given us a well-researched epithet for North America's once and only endemic parrot."--Stanley A. Temple, Natural Areas Journal
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"This book is set to be the definitive work on the extinction of the Carolina Parakeet. Not only does Noel Snyder present the only new information on the species that has come to light in decades, but he provides an enjoyable account of days gone by in the world of ornithology and an interesting look at pre-strip-mall Florida. Historians of science, those interested in the conservation of endangered species, parrot lovers (aka parrot owners), and Floridians will be especially interested in reading this well written and enjoyable account."--Donald Brightsmith, Duke University, and Research Director of Rainforest Expeditions
"The generally accepted version of the loss of the Carolina Parakeet is that it was driven to extinction by hunting, and that the last individual died in 1914 in the Cincinnati Zoo. This fascinating account shows that neither is likely true. The interviews are revealing and entertaining, providing an insight into human history as well as the history of this enigmatic parrot."--Michael J. Parr, American Bird Conservancy, coauthor of Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World
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The crux of the book is his postulation that the parakeets diet of cockleburs made them toxic to most predators thus their bright feathers, gregariousness and ability to "sleep" at night. These abilities were no match against humans who killed them with ease. One shot took out droves and then the survivors would gather around the fallen, making shooting the rest even easier.
Because cockleburs grow around human dwellings the parakeet was drawn to areas where they came in contact with livestock and other sources of exotic diseases, conceivably nail in the coffin for the parakeet.