National Geographic : 1936 Jun
FLYCATCHERS AND OTHER FRIENDS IN FEATHERS () National Geographic society FLOCKS OF BRILLIANT PARAKEETS ONCE ROAMED THE SOUTH The green-yellow-and-orange CAROLINA PARAKEET (upper) ranged from Florida to Virginia and westward in the early years of the Nation; some even wandered north to New York and Wisconsin. Many were shot because they ate fruit, and now they are nearly extinct, but a few may remain in remote southern swamps. The bird uses one strong foot in the manner of a hand for grasping food, while it clings to a branch with the other. The larger THICK-BILLED PARROT (lower) sometimes appears in southeastern Arizona in quest of pine seeds, which it digs from tough cones with its powerful beak.