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are peachfront conures and carolina parakeets related?
Creative Commons photo courtesy Ryan Somma
carolina parakeet at north carolina museum of natural sciences
Are peachfront conures and other Aratinga conures related to the extinct Carolina Parakeet? Well, yes and no.
Peachfronts are affectionate birds that go two by two, and if one bird approaches you, the other will be soon be seen.
The legend goes that this kind of caring is what doomed the Carolina Parakeet. If one bird was shot, others would approach and try to help or revive the hurt or dead one, thus allowing farmers to wipe out an entire flock.
Carolina Parakeets are currently placed in their own genus, Conuropsis carolinensis. Are they conures? Well...kinda maybe. Some people say they are. But they were also kinda maybe their own special category -- which makes it all the more tragic that they were wiped out at the beginning of the 20th century.
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