7.14.2006

"Carolina Parrakeet"

Wrapping up a chapter draft and scanning various images, I come across this illustration of the "Carolina Parrakeet" (we spell it "parakeet") in William Baily's 1869 Our Own Birds. I'm stunned.




I have this sort of dismal sense that the prominence of the extinction story of the Passenger Pigeon, coupled with the revival myth of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, is keeping what we've done to gorgeousity unknown.

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